No matter what our spiritual heritage may be, an overarching freedom we have as homeschooling families is the freedom of expressing and discussing our ideas with our children.
We may impart what we think about the world, our place in it, discussions on God, whether there is a God, our relationship with God, what our purpose is in life, and how that influences how we relate to others.
We can mull over these questions when we’re getting up in the morning, making our meals, or discussing the extraordinary intricacy of the human body during a science lesson. We can study cultures around the world and marvel that not one human being doesn’t have some sort of moral code, though we might not all determine the same things should be right and wrong, or feel publicly comfortable declaring what we think is right or wrong, we still have an internal moral code. We might share our deep thoughts with our teenagers while we’re driving to dance class: Have you ever considered that every human being desires a sense of purpose in their lives? Where does that come from? Or we listen to the news and grieve with families who have suffered racial injustice and marvel that others can’t see that every colour of humanity is a reflection of the beauty of God itself.
We can listen to the questions our kids may have about all of this and engage it all.
Our kids become spiritual seekers alongside us, knowing that we’ll never know everything we’d like to know, but we can always ask and have the freedom to pursue it right inside our four walls.
On celebration days like Good Friday and Easter, we Christian families share the story of Jesus, knowing that this day is more central to the Christian faith than even Christmas. That it was this day, Easter, that bought our freedom from brokenness, disconnect, wrongs, and injustice. And it’s Easter that sustains these freedoms too.
It’s days like these I am thankful that God’s work of freedom and grace allows us to weave freedom and grace into our families and communities (because is there any other place we wield it more?) I raise my mug off cuppuccino to grace, forgiveness, and freedom.
And I’m thankful that I have the freedom to discuss all these things in my homeschool home.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end, They are new every morning, new every morning, Great is His faithfulness.Lamentations 3:22, 23
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