As we close November and the Thanksgiving week, I reflect on the whole concept of “being thankful for family.” Homeschooling tests family relations. Many of us face opposition from our extended families.
Ideally, you and your husband are on the same page. If you have that foundation, you can face your extended family. You can avoid them, too, until they calm down and respect your family’s values.
Your parents or siblings or aunts and uncles may look down on your children for being homeschooled. However, you know what is best for them. Therefore, you arm yourself with courage and strength in the Lord and homeschool. Come what may.
Eventually, they all calm down. Why? Because they see the product of homeschooling. They see the amazing children you have produced. The proof is in the pudding.
The Bible says we should thank God for our trials and tribulations. While you may be uncomfortable in the fiery furnace, Jesus walks with you in the midst of it. Besides, the outcome surpasses your best expectations.
So count your blessings, name them one by one. Opposition from family for homeschooling is one of your many blessings. It teaches you patience and kindness. Also, compassion and diplomacy. It also helps you focus on what matters: your children.
Stay away from controversial topics at family gatherings. Avoid talk of money, religion, or politics. Be kind. Be polite. By all means, be curious about their lives. Not too much though, because some difficult people do not know how to be vulnerable. As such, they take everything you say the wrong way, even innocent questions.