Saturday, August 06, 2011

A Good Thing About Homeschooling

Our church's school is wonderful. If it had been nearby and available when my kids were little, I would have had a hard time deciding between the benefits of the school versus the different benefits of homeschooling. But I gotta say, there is one awesome thing about homeschooling.

My kids like each other.

I don't know that it was necessarily homeschooling that "did it." I think our living in places where there weren't neighborhood friends available played into the mix. I think not starting out siblinghood with a long absence from Mommy (with the obstetric hospital stay) probably had an effect. I remember my mom commenting, way back when there were only four kids, about how nicely they got along and how little sibling rivalry there was. She said it was probably because they HAD to get along -- who else did they have to play with?? And there's some truth to that. I remember coming down hard on the rare squabbling; I don't know how I did it, but I didn't permit them to not get along.

And they like each other. They choose to spend time with each other. They look forward to seeing each other.

One of the greatest gifts my kids have ever given me is that they like their brothers and sisters! What joy to a mother! Thank you, Rachel, Philip, Katie, Paul, Andrew, and Maggie. You make me happy to be your mom.


  1. I have noticed this with our kids, as well, and I am very thankful that they love and care for each other...and like to hang out with each other. But I have also seen it in healthy families where the kids went to school...where Mom and dad show love for each other that seems to extend to children and their relationship with their siblings, as well. I am wondering if that might be the key thing...strong family relationship. Paula's family is like that, too...and it is always good to see.

  2. I'm thankful I have 6 honorary siblings who seem to like me and spending time with me and each other, and... sending me taunting text messages from Noodles & Company (*ahem*). =)