By Mimi Rothschild
The Arizona Republic has a wonderful article about one family’s decision to homeschool. As much as we focus the academic and moral benefits of homeschooling, we can sometimes take for granted the relational benefits.
“I choose to homeschool because I want to maintain family relationships in a way that cannot be done if my child is in school six-plus hours a day,” she said. “Since we are interacting with each other all day long, it forces us to deal with relationship issues when they come up. We enjoy being around our children and they enjoy being around us.”
Many families I know have children who can’t wait to get out of the house and see their parents only a few times a year at holidays and family reunions. Most parents think that this is a normal part of growing up. But does it have to be this way? Why can’t children grow up respecting their parents’ authority, but also developing deep, loving relationships towards them? Only in the last century has brought us nursing and retirement homes. Before these existed, Grandma and Grandpa usually lived upstairs next to the kids’ rooms.
Daughters should come to their mothers for advice and sons to their fathers. How can we expect to be trusted, loved, and respected by our children if they spend six hours learning to do otherwise?
Read more at Arizona Republic.