Farris, Michael P. (2003). The Spiritual Power of a Mother. Nashville: Broadman and Holman.
With the gracious permission of Mike Farris, current President and CEO of Alliance Defending Freedom and former President of HSLDA and Patrick Henry College, I am sharing his list, “The Top Twenty Advantages of Homeschooling“. It can be found in chapter four of The Spiritual Power of a Mother, pp.33-35, which I described to you last week as being one of my favorite books for homeschooling moms.
“The Top Twenty Advantages of Homeschooling”
20. Your kids never tell you that their teacher is smarter than you are.
19. If you can’t find matching socks for your child first thing in the morning, who cares?
18. You never have to cancel school for snow days.
17. Your kids have good reason to think they might get spanked in school but no reason to think they might get shot.
16. If the principal gives the teacher a bad evaluation, she can stick her icy feet against his legs at night.
15. You can post the Ten Commandments on your schoolroom wall without getting sued.
14. You never have to drive your child’s forgotten lunch to school.
13. Your child will never go to their twentieth high school reunion, meet an old flame, and recklessly abandon his marriage.
12. You get to change more than diapers. You get to change their minds.
11. Your child never brings the flu home from school.
10. It’s better to be a little concerned about socialization rather than really concerned about socialism.
9. When your children talk about New Age issues, they are referring to their birthday party.
8. Since becoming a homeschooling mom, you now have the legal right to throw a blunt kitchen object (slightly grazing, but not bruising, your husband’s forehead) if he ever asks, “Why is dinner late?”
7. You never have to face the dilemma of whether to take your child’s side or the teacher’s side in a dispute at school.
6. If your child gets drugs at school it’s probably Tylenol.
5. The teacher gets to kiss the principal in the faculty lounge and no one gossips.
4. Your kids recognize that this list is numerically in reverse order.
3. Your honor student can actually read the bumper sticker that you have on your car.
2. If your child claims that the dog ate his homework, you can ask the dog.
1. Some day your children will consider you to be a miracle-working expert and will turn to you for advice.