To My Girls,
First of all I want to thank you for sacrificing your time, energy and heath to choose to educate your children at home. For me, I am thankful because that means I didn't blow it so bad that I ruined your life. That you are doing what is one of the hardest jobs that will give you joy after joy when you reach my age. Looking back I am thankful that even though I thought in the beginning that home schoolers were just the weirdest bunch of people I had ever met. Then I became one. Then I fell in love with my kids and my home and my job. For a card carrying member of NOW that was saying a lot. My goal in life, was never to be a wife or a mother and I certainly never meant to stay at home. So when I became a mother and then a few short years later decided to home school, I had no experience at all.
Because of that fear, I had to come up with a way of teaching. If by chance I was taken away, could or would my children know enough about life to continue on without me. What I found out is that discipline, is what you do when a rule is broke. Training the will is what you do when no one is looking. Training the will is harder and takes more time but the benefits far out way the work. When the kids get out of bed in the morning, have them make their own beds. Then when they are teenagers, you don't have that dirty room that lives in your house. But first, remember to lead by example, you can't expect them to make their bed every day if you don't. I think to remember home schooling means you will be the one they are watching and they will catch more things than you wish. They will learn your tone of voice, they will learn your weak points and know how to push them and they will know how to manipulate you to get you to give in to them.
But love covers a multitude of sins and remember no matter what, you are raising the future. I kept having babies because of that saying that " The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." Remember, Stalin and Hitler had mothers. I knew I wasn't smart enough to come up with a cure for cancer or world peace. I knew that by raising great kids to be even greater adults, I could change the world. I am so proud of you all, you have far surpassed anything in my dreams and I am thankful God changed my life little by little and baby by baby. You have and are the fruit of my hands and now as mothers, I pass that baton off to you because I know, already you have done a better job than I ever dreamed.
I love you both and thank you for giving me grand children and for blessing my life. But most of all, for being my friends.