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November 19, 2012

A Thanksgiving Message from Our President

How Homeschooling Blesses Parents

J. Michael Smith is president of HSLDA. He has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years. Read more >>

As we approach Thanksgiving, it is a good idea to find things we can be thankful for that relate to homeschooling. When we normally think of the good things about homeschooling it’s related to our children; after all, we are in this for the children, right?

Well, let’s be selfish for a minute. Here are few thoughts on how we as parents benefit from homeschooling (these are not original with me but were printed in a newsletter called the Family Voice many years ago).

We Learn What We Missed in School

When we went to school we didn’t know why we were going. School seemed to be the right thing; everyone went. Subjects actually make sense now that we are a lot more interested. What greater motive could we want for school than to yearn to know why the subject is important, figure it out, and actually be interested in learning the subjects.

Discover the Real Student

One of the secrets of successful homeschooling is this discovery: the real student is not our kids—it is us. Our children are the lifelong subjects of our study as we discover how they think, how their emotions work, what their interests and gifts are and how to get through to them.

Grow in Maturity

The mere student gains knowledge, but a teacher gains understanding. They have to grasp a subject so they can convey it to someone else. What we ultimately want our children to be is wise, and wisdom comes when we apply the knowledge and understanding we have gained to our life situations.

True Fulfillment in Life

Joy comes from seeing our children learn. Jobs, positions and financial gain are all good things and part of life but can’t match the joy of seeing our children blossom to adulthood. What a loss for those parents who don’t have the privilege to see their children learn to read, write their first sentence, solve their first math problem and on and on. There is not a price that you can place on this relationship.

These are just a few of the blessings that we as parents can be thankful for, not just at this year’s celebration of Thanksgiving, but for the rest of our lives.

Ultimately, we thank God for leading us into homeschooling to receive these priceless blessings.