A few things about homeschooling opened the door to living a writer’s life.
For the first time I’ve taken control of my schedule for the foreseeable future.
I know that I will be homeschooling until at least 2025. My writing schedule doesn’t have to revolve around the nine to three school day. If we want to watch a movie, go to the library, go out for a chocolate muffin or to church we can. Having flexibility to write, rest or do other creative work on my own schedule is a plus for me. Mind you, my daughter is always involved. That’s both wonderful and frustrating, but it won’t always be the case. Also, I’m always looking for tips to stay on task. Great freedom leads to great temptation.
The principles that change the way I educate change the way I write as well.
I homeschool so that June will have the freedom and motivation to set out on her own to pursue knowledge in her unique way. Homeschooling means that I can do that, too. If I’m researching a book, or if I have a vivid interest in something book-worthy, I can delve into that however I want. I can spend a month learning what it’s like to live in the Middle Ages and my daughter has the freedom to share my joy in that.
In my testimony, I talk a little about how homeschooling brought me back to God. Faith has given direction to my writing, too. On this blog, in the novels we are planning, even my drawing have all become faith-based lately. Strong goals and direction are giving me a lot of energy for writing these days. I think that writing has followed homeschooling for me because homeschooling is an inspiring vocation that allowed me to see that my whole life can be filled with purpose and service.
Writing is one way that I can be a role model. Teaching kids at home means that you’re an even stronger role model than you already would be as a parent. It’s important that June sees me caring for my family, building on my dreams and managing my time. Life long learning is also something that parents need to demonstrate if they expect it from their kids.
Not only am I teaching her about personal development and a good work ethic, but writing is an adventure! I like the idea that she might look back at this time, after I’m a best-selling author, and see that I had hope, worked hard and took risks. This adventure gives me something to write about, too, because people are curious about homeschooling and every homeschooling family has their own story to tell.
Homeschooling has changed how I see life in ways that made it easier to write about it.
My relationships have more depth. Since I’ve started focusing on home and teaching, my relationships with my husband and daughter have blossomed in ways that are hard explain. It’s harder to be a homebody when you homeschool, too. Now, I take June to church, Sunday school, ballet, and tennis. It’s hard not to notice all the places and personalities that, as an introvert, I used to avoid. Before we started homeschooling I felt like life was a bit thin on inspiration and experience. I don’t feel that way anymore.