When I became a parent for the first time nearly 23 years ago, I was much more concerned with getting some sleep and maybe even a shower than I was with helping my kids find their purpose. In fact, being raised in a traditional home and school environment, my own purpose (at least for the first 22 years) was decided for me. Go to school, get good grades, go to college and get a good job. I never questioned this. It worked for my parents and my brothers who were going before me.
As our kids reached school age and we began our homeschooling adventure, it wasn’t long before I realized that there was something different about our kids. Despite the fact that they were bright and creative, they struggled learning to read. Along the way, we discovered that 7 of our 8 kids had dyslexia. We also put the pieces together and realized that my husband was dyslexic as well. And here I was, never even knowing that there were bright people who struggled with school.
This turn of events resulted in some interesting conversations between my husband, who left school at 16 to complete an apprenticeship (in England), and me who had been raised from birth to understand the importance of college. My husband insisted that kids did not have to go to college to be successful. It was hard to argue with him since he was living proof! I argued anyway.
And so I began to question things like what success really was and how we are all created for different purposes. Don’t get me wrong, dyslexic kids can certainly go to college. To read my 10-day series on preparing dyslexic kids for college, click here. But there is so much more to success than obtaining a college degree.
My husband and I eventually agreed to help guide our kids to understand their gifts and talents. If that led to college – great. If it didn’t – great. We taught them that God had created them uniquely, with unique purpose, and that if they could discover where their interests intersected with their abilities, they were likely be on the path to finding their purpose.
Learn More About Helping Kids Find Their Purpose
To learn more about Raising Kids to Find Purpose/Vision, I encourage you to consider buying The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas in which I have written a whole chapter on the subject. I also wrote chapters on Raising Teen Girls and The Power of Interest-led Learning.
You can learn more about the bundle that includes over 100 chapters written by other veteran homeschool moms. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas is currently on sale for only $8.99 (use discount code: homeschool) and includes articles about all kinds of children: boys, only children, twins, teens, and perfectionists. There are chapters about special needs such as giftedness, bipolar disorder, dyslexia, and sensory issues.
The 55 experienced homeschool moms who contributed to this resource don’t hold back from sharing their best advice about managing a homeschool budget, balancing homemaking with homeschooling, and even maintaining a strong marriage. Click the image below for more information.
Our two oldest kids have graduated and have accomplished some pretty impressive things – without college in case you were wondering! The sale includes a series of giveaways and I am happy to tell you that that includes a set of our own kids’ documentaries of their round the world sailing trips.
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This post is part of the iHomeschool Network Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Hop. Click through to read more posts in the series and learn about the other great giveaways.
Yesterday Shannen Espelien shared at Middle Way Mom. Shannen is the author of the chapters Getting Started with Credit-by-exam, Where to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum, and Transitioning to a Virtual School from Public School.
Tomorrow Kyle Suzanne McVay will be posting at Aspired Living. Kyle is the author of the chapter Classical Homeschooling and she will be giving away A Home Educators Guide to Living Math.
How about you? How have you raised your kids to find their purpose?