Friday, April 20, 2012
I write for Latter-day Homeschooling and this is my submission today:
We recieved this inspiring e-mail from a reader and decided to share it here. I left out the name but if you recognize this letter and want to be acknowledged just let us know and I will put your name back in.
I am 17 years old and I want to homeschool my children some day (no, I don't have kids-no I'm not married, and yes I'm still in High School)
As the time came to select our classes for our senior year- I was thinking about what I want my future to look like.
I want to go to college, meet a nice guy, get married (in the temple) and have kids, and maybe Home-school my children.
I know & babysit many families with homeschooled kids- they seem SO much more intelligent and happy.
I love the idea of being close and spending more time than otherwise.
Only thing is....
What things can I do now to prepare for my future as a Home-schooler mother?
What are some important skills I need to be a homeschooler mother that I can gain now?
Do you like what you do?
Thanks! I love reading your posts (even though I'm only 17)
My Dear Young Friend,
Oh, Bless You for knowing what you want for your future children! I am so excited for you because you are at the PERFECT time in your life to prepare for this important (no other is more important in my opinion) mission. So many homeschooling mothers realize AFTER they have little munchkins running around that they wish that they were better prepared and there just isn't any time! "There is no time" we cry " If only I had known about this when I was younger!"
Fill yourself up with knowledge learn everything you can. Read, read, read. Try out all the wonderful branches of knowledge that are available to us in this information age. Discover beauty, become addicted to learning. Become an encyclopedia that your children can turn to for questions.
Get an Education:
Education and school are not necessarily synonymous. Find out what true education means to you and then choose your future institution. Choose one that will mold your character and enrich your mind rather than just provide you the credentials to earn a living. Choose one that you can afford so that you and your husband will not be saddled with debt.
Use Your Time Wisely:
You are young and you deserve to have fun but don't waste your time on things that don't bring you joy or don't prepare you for your mission. You might have time to read The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire now you WON'T when you are a mom. Keep a book or audio book with you at all times.
Become a Student of the World:
Engage with the people around you. Everyone knows something, you can learn from everyone. Ask questions, be bold! If you can afford it I highly recommend travel. It is amazing how your mind broadens and opens when you travel to a new place, city, town, society or culture! You won't have time later.
Establish a Relationship with the Lord:
Search, ponder and pray. Become dependent upon the Lord. Listen to the spirit, read the scriptures, understand the Atonement , dedicate yourself to Him. Discover his plan for you and your family. Establish now patterns of study, meditation, prayer, service and charity so that when your children arrive you will already have those things in place as your most valuable support and resource.
If you teach your children nothing else you will have succeeded.
P. S. I LOVE what I do.