The title of Beth Cranford’s newst book really got my attention. I’ve learned in my ten years of homeschooling that many mothers don’t even consider homeschooling because they believe you have to be patient all the time or that their child won’t be properly socialized. When they do realize that they can educate their child by themselves it is with a great deal of excitement and trepidation.
There’s only one little problem, the father’s idea of how to educate their child.
If he isn’t on board then no matter how well prepared the mother is, how many resources or how much well thought out curriculum has been purchased, then she is doomed to failure. I’ve even seen a friend’s marriage get ugly over this issue in their eventual divorce.
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What I really liked about Beth’s book was that she didn’t chide the mother, or father, for not finding a way to homeschool the child under any circumstance. Instead, she takes the reader step by step through a well thought out discussion of why the family was homeschooling and what would happen if some other path was chosen. In fact, although my boys love the way we homeschool, and their father is totally 100% for the way of life it gives us, I had us sit down and do the exercises in the book.
The result was a renewal and a rededication to homeschooling! L and J really enjoyed the discussion and loved that we heard their viewpoints about how they are educated. They appreciated knowing that their input was just as valuable to us as our own ideas. It was amazing to my husband and I that they didn’t think we cared what they thought about the matter.
I have to admit, though, we were also amazed that they had an opinion on homeschooling or public education and which is better for their way of learning. Beth gave us a new level of loving without even knowing it.
If you’re an old timer homeschooler and love that way of life this book will give you a framework to discuss with your child how they are being educated and if that is still the best way. Think of it as a yearly “well child” checkup.
If you’re smack dab in the middle of a show down with your husband, this book is for you because it will give you an outline of the steps to take to really evaluate what is best for your family.
If you’re new this book is for you because it will help you and your husband think through what you may be in store for should you choose this path. Whatever you choose, may it be the best path for you. Best wishes!
You might expect a book about homeschooling to preach the good news and only support that method of education. Instead, Beth is open and honest and lets moms know up front that it isn’t for everybody. You may have to give in to public schooling if this choice is causing too much strife in your marriage and family.
The other day I was speaking with a mom who said that after homeschooling her oldest daughter all the way through high school, and getting her a full scholarship to college, she had every intention of doing the same for her son.
However, after a lot of stress and trials with her son God led her to Ephesians 6:4, “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger by the way you treat them. Rather, bring them up with the discipline and instruction that comes from the Lord.” (NLV)
This mom quickly realized that allowing her son to try his wings in a public high school was the only resolution to the strife. He found a great program and group of friends there. Yes, homeschooling is great but is it really for everybody? Beth’s book gives you an outline and questions to help you through that difficult re-examining process.
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Beth is selling the book for $5 at the link below. Get yours today!
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