Tuesday, August 7, 2007

i'm starting a new book, it's called _Hold On to Your Kids_ by Gordon Neufeld & Gabor Mate. i've heard so many people say positive things about it & certainly i agree with what i've read so far. They talk about how children tend to be more attached to their peers than their parents nowadays & the negative effect that's having on them... On the back cover of the book, one sentence struck me, "Children end up becoming overly conformist, desensitized, and alienated, and being "cool" matters more to them than anything else."
That's exactly the arguments that i've heard from most christian parents who are against homeschooling: That our children will end up being "weird" (non conformist, uncool etc..). i never have the courage to challenge these challengers by asking them what the (eternal) benefit is for your child to be "normal" or "cool" or to "fit in". Rather, i want my children to be willing to ask the tough questions, to "not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is ~ His good, pleasing and perfect will." (rom. 12:2) i want my children to be non-conformist, sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and connected to me as their momma & if necessary, completely un-cool. haha!

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