When I put a call out for your homeschooling questions, Nicki really delivered! Here’s her first question:
OK, I am going to answer this, not as a direct comment toward Nicki, but as a generalized discussion of this issue.
Here’s an analogy for you…
I’m the kind of person who puts together a bookshelf by dumping out all the pieces, then looking at the picture and slowly working my way to the finished result. Jumping into things isn’t difficult for me. Jumping into things is sometimes my downfall.
If you are a planner then you are probably the type of person who puts together a bookshelf by looking over the directions first, checking to make sure you have all the pieces and the time to put the thing together, and then (and only then) beginning work on the bookshelf. Jumping in to homeschooling without a 10 page thesis on how you will homeschool for the next 12 years will seem like a ridiculous, if not reckless, idea.
So, what do you do when you just can’t seem to step foot off dry land and head into that vast ocean of scariness otherwise known as homeschooling?
First off, you need to figure out what precisely is holding you back. What terrible, awful thought is keeping you from jumping in? Perhaps it is that you won’t do a good enough job. Perhaps you fear you’ll warp your children (remember, I told you you will not warp them!) Or maybe you are just wanting to see the finished result before you start..kind of like the bookshelf directions.
Once you know some of the things holding you back, you can address them. But, remember, there are pros and cons to everything and you will never hash out every single thing that is scary to you.
My advice is to work within your comfort zone as much as you can, but know that if you hem and haw too long, something may come along and PUSH YOU IN! (convictions have a way of doing that!)
The great thing about being a Christian is we don’t have to wait for a sign from God before we step out and do something. We can look to His Word and step out in faith. Even if we do it all for the wrong reasons and all the wrong ways, God has a way of cleaning up our messes.
I can’t make you jump, but I can tell you that choosing to jump is a whole lot more pleasant than circumstances pushing you in.
Now, I want to turn the tables…
Readers, I want to hear what you think. I want to hear your stories. What made you “take the plunge?” Did you choose to jump or did circumstances “push you in?” What encouragement and advice can you offer?