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They will grow up. Preparping your children.

Posted by Michelle Osborn on

Mercy Every Minute- Deborah Wuehler, TOS Senior Editor  

(Osborn Family pictured)

Some days, it feels as if my young children will never grow up, and ten days feel like ten years. Some days, I blink and they are grown and graduated, and ten years flew by like ten days. So how do we create the best path for our kids from birth to life after graduation?

My goals might be: I want my children to unquestioningly obey God's commands and my commands. I want them to be able to combat the enemy of their souls: the world, the flesh, and the devil. I pray for each one that God will show me how to develop them in their specialized fields. As far as basic training in academics, they should be able to read well, write well, and understand higher math. I consider things such as trade schools, college, apprenticeships, entrepreneurial ventures, or just plain preparation for life. Most importantly, I want them to remember that they are ambassadors of Jesus Christ.

Here are some things to think about in preparing our children:
  • Help with transcripts and portfolios from Lee Binz , Inge Cannon, and Janice Campbell and college prep information from Jeannie Fulbright.
  • Classes outside the home that they can put on their transcript also help them learn how to answer to someone else. Options could be a junior college class during high school, a class by another homeschool mom, or community classes.
  • Find volunteer, community service, missions, or apprenticeship opportunities in their interests and giftings.
  • Prepare them for college writing and note-taking skills. Kim Kautzer has excellent insight on preparing for college writing here.
  • Gap years: Maybe your child needs a year off after high school to consider his possibilities. This is a good time for extended mission trips and volunteer work or exploring different careers. This gap helps them decide where their passions are and what other schooling they may need to continue in their given direction.
No need to fear, homeschool parents! The Lord is on your side!
"The LORD is on my side; I will not fear..." (Psalm 118:6).
What do you wish you could go back and do over?

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