Saturday, December 11, 2010
Reverb 10|Day 10|Wisdom
December 10 – Wisdom
Wisdom. What was the wisest decision you made this year, and how did it play out?
(Author: Susannah Conway)
This past summer, after much thought, prayer and discussion with my husband, I made the decision to stay home with my three year old son. I had been working full time, helping my husband with our church and running a household like every other mom out there. My little guy needed me. He needed something consistent and he needed an outlet for all his energy.
We also decided that it would be in our children's best interest to have them attend a new school. Up until then, they had always been in Christian School or homeschooled.
I homeschooled them for a couple years and we loved it. I've been a teacher for close to 15 years and I didn't have any problems...at first. My fourth child came along and as he got older - he became more and more active - depending on more of my attention than I could give because I was busy trying to teach pre-algebra and physical science! I knew that their academics would suffer because we weren't balanced and I immediately threw up the white flag and put them in private school.
So, as their 2010 school year ended in June, I already knew that they still were not getting what I knew they needed. As scary as it was for us, we made the decision to put our kids in regular 'ole public school.
We were fortunate to also move in June and we happened to move into one of the better school districts in the area. It was the best move we made. I am now volunteering some time in Naomi's kindergarten class and I am just so impressed with all the learning and growing. Taryn is in grade 6 and doing very well. Hannah is in grade 10 and she has been doing great too. Both of the girls were a bit behind in math - but now they are able to get help and are improving tremendously.
As scary as it is, sometimes the wisest decisions are the ones where you take a leap. Change can be good and for us, it definitely was good.