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Friday, January 18, 2019

Influence - Five Minute Friday

I'm joining up at Five Minute Friday over at Heading Home. Each week she shares a prompt, and you write on that prompt for 5 minutes. This week's prompt is "influence."

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Influence - The first thing that came to my mind when I saw this prompt was the kind of influences my children are exposed to.

One reason why we homeschool is so that I can have a little more control over the influences in their lives. This doesn't mean that I keep my children in a bubble. In fact, if you look at our lives and their busy extracurricular calendars, you'll see that we definitely do not isolate our children. However, I didn't (and don't) want to turn my children over for 35+ hours a week to someone else to influence. 

My children, through their participation in secular sports, theater, etc., have definitely been exposed to some influences that aren't always positive. Adults behaving like children, mean girls (shoot, we've been dealing with this in our church), and social issues like drug use and homosexuality are all things that my children have come into contact with. The plus, though, is that, through homeschooling, we have developed relationships that foster close communication, and we have had some incredibly interesting conversations about these topics. 

Stop. 


8 comments:

  1. I used to teach at the college level, an the homeschooled kids were the bet students, and the natural leaders. God bless!

    #1 at FMF this week.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2019/01/your-dying-spouse-569-light-beyond.html

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    1. My oldest is a freshman in college this year, and so far, he's doing fairly well. He said he is thankful for having been homeschooled. Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Really like your thoughts here, TaMara, especially how the homeschool community has helped you create strong relationships and have good conversations. And as you allude, I suspect some of the same issues (like conflicts between kids, and *probably* many of the others you mention) are happening in the Christian community as well as in the outside world. Sounds like you have found just the right fit for your family.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, these issues are in the church just as much as they are in the rest of the world.

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  3. We home schooled too, most years. Twice while my children were at home, I went back to teaching in school; but both times the Lord burdened me with the desire to be home with my children. Besides, I was so busy in school that I spent very little time with my own children. And yes, there is nothing like being in touch with what is going on in their lives and being able to discuss it with them and help them through it.

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    1. It's always nice to meet fellow homeschoolers. I taught for 7 years in the public school before I had my oldest. One reason I felt led to homeschool is that I knew how much time I spent on my students and didn't want to end up spending more time with them than with my own children.

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