All homeschool parents know that adulthood is the entire purpose of our teaching. We are working really hard to put ourselves out of a job. If we do this right, they’ll leave and never (or rarely) come back, right?
Yet it’s too easy to forget that goal in the thick of homeschooling. We can get buried in classes and tests, workbooks and transcripts and completely lose sight of the end game: responsible adulthood.
That’s where work and ministry come in. By making responsibility and service a part of our teen’s high school years, we set the stage for the rest of his life. And when we help him transition into both, we find valuable opportunities to train him for a lifetime of serving and giving.
Your teen has likely been working his whole life . . . right here at home. You likely gave him chores and responsibilities from the time he could walk, so he already knows about responsibility. High school is the perfect time to build on this understanding.
The teen years are notoriously self-centered. There’s just something about this stage of life that renders young people unduly ego-centric and selfish. We should anticipate this to some extent, but our job is to help them mature beyond this. We want to see our teens grow into compassionate, caring, serving adults who demonstrate Christlike, servent leadership in their personal relationships.
This is why it is imperative we keep our young people serving God. They need to recognize the needs outside their interests, the people outside their circle of friends and reach out in love. How do we instill a love of service in our teens?
This post is an excerpt from my new book Homeschool High School Made Easy, available on Amazon. Get your copy today!
And don’t miss the prequel, Homeschool Made Easy.