This post is linked up with the iHomeschool Network’s Overcoming Adversity blog hop.
On the windowsill in our kitchen is a plant with lovely green and purple foliage. I once considered throwing the plant away but then God began to speak to me through this plant, not in an audible voice, but through my reflections on how this plant has struggled to overcome adversity and survived with beauty and grace. This plant gives me the courage to face difficult days, especially when I am faced with criticism about our homeschool lifestyle.
This plant was first a couple of tiny seeds placed inside a terrarium by my children that I never expected it to grow. The kit did not get the best reviews on Amazon and so I fully expected it to become trash within a few weeks. Imagine my surprise when it began to grow.
I have never watered the plant and have never removed the dome of the terrarium. One day, I noticed something very strange. One tiny leaf had pushed through one of three small holes in the top of the terrarium’s plastic dome.
You see, to fully appreciate the adversity that this plant has overcome, you have to step back and see the entire picture.
If you are facing criticism about your decision to homeschool, especially from family, take a step back and consider the root of their concerns.
How to answer your family when they don’t agree with homeschool
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Tips to remember when dealing with homeschool critics
Be a team with your spouse
Bill and I find it very important to answer our family in every situation where our judgment is questioned as a unified team. We pray over the situation together before we act, and when we answer, we answer together.
Consider the person’s perspective
As we are praying over a tense situation, Bill and I try to consider from where the root of this criticism developed. Wanting to always see the good in people, I want to give each person the “benefit of the doubt” and believe that their opinion might just be misguided.
Speak with grace
Never answer a question with hostility. Animosity will only bred more conflict. Make sure your answers are seasoned with grace and remember that ultimately, your decision to homeschool is between you, your spouse, and the Lord.