May 31, 2002, Newsletter Issue #78: The Parental Approach

Tip of the Week

*In order to follow the parental approach, you must first know yourself. You have to have a firm conviction that your values are right for your family and appropriate to form the cornerstone on which all else is built. You have to believe that even your "tastes" are valid.
*You must know your religious beliefs. If you are a believer -whatever your religion- God-based or otherwise - know your beliefs. If you are not a believer in a religion, know that, too. If your belief includes attending a worship service of some kind, no matter whether itīs in a building, in a field, at night, in the morning, on Saturday, on Sunday, at the Solstice, or whenever you feel like it! If going to a worship service is not important to you, then starting merely because you are homeschooling makes it a chore, not something that you enjoy.
*You must know your cultural heritage. You are the only preserver of your unique family culture. Your spouseīs is totally different, even if you grew up next door to each other. Your job is to know your personal culture and to teach those ways to your children, both by telling them about it and living it.
*You must believe that you are the right person to be your childīs guide, mentor, and authority figure. If you are uncomfortable with these, or if youīre waffling back and forth over nearly every issue, I recommend that you stick with a boxed curriculum.
*Determine Your Schedule. I advise beginning homeschoolers to spend four hours per day (mornings are really good).

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