“How do I know when I home schooled my children enough?”
You have heard the question before. In fact, most likely you have uttered those words yourself. Looking back over my years of home schooling I know I have asked myself this question many times, especially as a special needs home schooling mom. The anxiety of home schooling a special needs child is amplified because the bar of measurement doesn’t stop at scholastic achievement. Special needs home schooling must also incorporate behavioral intervention, therapy integration, and social interaction. It’s no wonder then that special needs home schooling parents often ask, “How do I know when I have done enough?”
When my oldest was packing to leave for welding school halfway across the country at 17, I had a sudden panic attack. I wanted to cancel his school and find a good excuse to keep him home another year. I questioned his readiness and thought I could teach him more so I could spare him from failure. I knew for certain there were things he still needed to learn that I had not taught him.
As I put my anxiety before God in prayer and Bible study, my quiet time led me to God’s still small voice saying, “Peggy, did you teach him each year you home schooled, just as I directed you?” My answer was yes. Each year, I spent time in prayer over my lesson plans and curriculum. I had done all that God had asked me to do when teaching my son.
That was when Jeremiah 29:11 came to mind. It was a scripture I prayed for my son before he was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in kindergarten.
“I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”My panicking stopped. God knew what he needed. #KeepTXFamiliesFree #Homeschooling Click To Tweet
It was then my panicking stopped. God knew this child and his future better than I did. I could only speculate what he needed, but God knew with complete certainty what preparations my son needed for the future. The truth is, we will never be lacking when we seek God and follow His plan as we home school our children.Perfectly prepared, but not perfected. #KeepTXFamiliesFree #Homeschooling Click To Tweet
In looking back on the road my oldest took to get where he is today, I know he was perfectly prepared, but he is far from being perfected. God’s plan is still working in his life, just as it is in all of ours. So, in thinking about the school year ahead, seek out God and His will for teaching your children. Maybe you are new to home schooling and you have many fears. God has a plan for success. Maybe you have been using the same curriculum for years, but your child with special needs has not been thriving, and you need to make a change. God has a plan for success. Or maybe your health is not optimal and it feels like you are cheating your kids out of the teaching capability of a healthy parent. God has a plan for success. His plan is the best plan. Rest in that fact and continue in confidence knowing you are doing enough as you follow His lead in home schooling your special needs child this year.
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