With the support of my husband and kids, I have recently made a career change! It is a bit bizarre, after houseparenting for 15 years, to now be the only one who leaves the house in the morning.
While I still work at the Milton Hershey School, I am now one of the writers for our school curriculum. The curriculum that I am writing is social and emotional learning and character and leadership…
Just spent the last 2 hours packing up old videos, DVD’s, CD’s…thinning out our collection and came across some old recordings of our “first-born”…she’s really our second, because the Lord took our firstborn home to be with Him after only 5 hours of getting to know him…but I digress.
Seeing my 12 year-old at age 1-2 years old brought me back over a decade to how precious my life with her was and how fast it has gone. My dear, Korri Faith could hardly walk and talk, but she was as peaceful then as she is now.
She marveled at her life story on the screen and now knows why I obsessed over her as much as I did then.
I still do in small ways, now.
Quite frankly…she grounds me…
In a world that is unpredictable…she is as steady as they come.
I thank God for her as we make this lonely transition from house parenting (where we lived and worked for 14.5 years), to the unknown life of “normalcy” outside of our student home.
I thank God for her life every…single…day…
My only daughter is 12 years-old and I have home schooled her since she was 4. I always prided myself in being the unconventional homeschooling mom, because I not only hold a full-time job, my job is at a boarding school working with needy children. My husband and I have lived with middle and high school boys from poverty for the past 14 years. So, you guessed it, my daughter has been raised living with and watching us work and give to these boys.
The argument against homeschooling often centers around “socialization”, I have felt that our kids get a fair amount of socialization with 16 people in our home. Living on a boarding school campus affords an instant community with activities and events that have allowed our own kids, along with the boys we help to raise, a social environment that is positive and uplifting, most of the time. We are not as isolated as some homeschool families have the potential of being.
This year, my daughter made the independent decision to join the public school’s track team. Being in junior high, the season is shorter than high school, so we thought that it would allow for a more natural transition to high school sports. Our school district is all-inclusive, so homeschool kids are free to participate in all that the school offers.
So imagine my heart as it dropped after my daughter came home to tell me that she didn’t like one of the boys on the team. I asked her why. She said because when the coach isn’t looking, he says the F-word. He also said that he dreams about bench-pressing naked women.
Ummm…yeah…so much for socialization…
The boys in our home, who come from Philly, DC & NYC have never spoken around my daughter the way these affluent kids do at her track practice.
To say, I’m disappointed is putting it mildly.
To say I’m surprised…? What do you think?
It really does matter how parents raise their children and it has nothing to with whether they are getting enough “socialization”.
Hope my son is one day worthy of a girl like this:— ~Dannah Gresh, Author of “Get Lost”
“A girl needs to be so lost in God that a guy has to seek HIM to find her.
This is our family’s second time reading the Bible through in a year. It is a time where we grow closer emotionally and spiritually. I would recommend taking the time to do this for your family as a way to grow closer.