thatmom

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great thought #16 ~ 3rd article in the Norm Wakefield series

Norm Wakefield has uploaded his third article in the series he is doing on the curse of the standard bearers.

I would love to hear any thoughts you all have on this series.

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  katiekind wrote @

As the homeschooling movement matures, it is good to see this kind of corrective teaching being applied. Thank God for the leaders who are courageous enough to say this.

My homeschooled kids are now 27, 24, and 17. When we were first homeschooling the scene was so very idealistic. (I lost touch with it–disenchanted by the unchecked proliferation of the kind of thing Norm’s talking about; so I don’t know if it is still that way.)

When we were getting started with homeschooling, it was such a radical family choice to make that we were in a state of receptivity to almost anything else the homeschooling movement had to say.

And they had many answers to give about raising up a generation of godly young people in a scary, chaotic world. Some of the speakers we heard had lost all sense of perspective in terms of the amount of parental control one could and should exert in order to press children into the godly behavior mold. Thankfully we were grounded enough to avoid some excesses. Sadly we absorbed things we should not have, however. LIve and learn!

Norm’s article points out how perfectionism like that can come back and bite you.

I think the theological differences Norm draws are insightful but they may partly mask the problem to the very people who really need to hold up this mirror up to themselves and to their teachings and to their family lives and get re-oriented.

  thatmom wrote @

“When we were getting started with homeschooling, it was such a radical family choice to make that we were in a state of receptivity to almost anything else the homeschooling movement had to say.”

Katie, I hear you on this one. I remember how zealously we listened and took notes in those days, being so excited about a new way of life, as it was presented to us!

We just got our local HS association flyer for their upcoming convention and it was refreshing to see that those speaking and leading workshops, for the most part, are much more mainstream. I still saw a couple things workshops I wouldn’t want to attend and I am sure there will be still be some vendors pedaling their paradigms, but overall the tone of the conventions looks promising. I hope to take a look online to assess how many state conventions are featuring speakers who are all about the “box” rather than relationships and would be happy to hear from others about their upcoming conventions.

Katie, thanks for sharing your experience and perspective. You have stated what moms need to hear!

  katiekind wrote @

and it was refreshing to see that those speaking and leading workshops, for the most part, are much more mainstream.

That is encouraging to hear!


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