No matter what our homeschool why may be, that primary purpose has something to do with that end result. We aren’t homeschooling to keep them little (don’t we wish!). We aren’t homeschooling because preteens smell like roses (obviously!). We aren’t homeschooling because every mother wishes she were joined at the hip to her teen son (*big sigh*). No, we are homeschooling because of the adults we pray our students will become.
So when we get to the high school years, we arrive at a life stage that suddenly does beg the socialization question. Adulthood, by and large, occurs outside the home, in the big, scary world beyond our front yard, among crowds of strangers of various backgrounds, beliefs, and demographics. So while, during elementary, we may have taken time to shelter somewhat, and during the middle school years we may have begun training how to handle new situations, during high school life skills takes on a new purpose. Kids, it’s time to start adulting.
We can — and should — take this preparation seriously. We have four years to build responsibility, work ethic, discernment, wisdom, and social skills into our young people. Whether they go to college or straight to career, whether they stay home or move across the country, whether they work a secular job or serve in full-time ministry, our young people must be prepared to take personal responsibility for their lives.
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