- This is the last day for us to write about our experiences and thoughts as home educators and the topic today is ......
Looking Forward Saturday, April 5
- What are your goals for home education? What do you hope to instill in your children? Are you planning any changes to how you educate your children?
My first goal is to glorify God. He led us to educate Sean at home and I am very glad that in this country, the responsibility of educating our children lies with the parents and not the State.
As far as Sean's education goes, I hope that both Niall and I are doing the best we can in a limited and fallen world. We three are limited in what we can do and handicapped with our own sin.... but.... God is in control of our lives and as He says, all things work together for our good and His glory. I am not alone educating Sean. I have God's help and his encouragement and his comfort. With God for us, who can be against us?!
What do we hope to instill in Sean? God's ways. A strong character. Strength and courage, so when he does go to school and into the work force he won't be a follower, but rather he will have the strength be his own person.
The society we live in here in Ireland has changed rapidly and will continue to change. Nobody is content with little but all strive to live like millionaires. The poorest families in Ireland have psp's, nintendo, wide screen monster tv's etc. Sometimes it's hard to say no to this stuff, but it's so important.
Both Niall and I often have to stop and re think where our lives are heading. We have to re-evaluate out lives constantly. Sean learns more from our lifestyle than from anything we actually say to him, so we have to be careful. Do we fall down on some things... Yes, lots!
If Sean grows to be a man and marries and has children of his own, he needs to know how to be a real man. He needs to be able to support, protect and serve his family. He needs to know God. Niall and I can show and teach these things to Sean, but then we step aside and let him get on with his own choices. At least he will know that there are choices. As my friend and sister Mary told me the other day, we are our children's foster parents, God owns them and we are looking after them for Him!!
Are we making any changes with Sean's education in the near future? I am sure there will be, but like everything else, we live, evaluate, live a little more and re-evaluate!