How are you handling your kids' education in this season?
In the last few months some incredible statistics have come out around the country indicating that many families are choosing to take a pass on public school education for their kids and, instead, homeschool them or pursue some sort of a hybrid method. And it's no surprise given the unsteady nature of the traditional bricks and mortar classroom over the last year and a half — kids having to wear masks, social distancing, not being able to connect with friends as closely as they once could, maybe not being able to learn as effectively with everyone's mouths covered. And then there's just the psychological impact of it all. Those numbers are even more shocking.
But an interesting thing has happened as the eyes of parents have swung onto their kids' classrooms in a very focused way: many are realizing the curriculum being taught isn't in line with their Biblical worldview (in some cases, it's in total conflict). Many are shocked to find what's actually being taught — even to their small kids — in this setting. And this fact, more than anything, has been bringing homeschool onto the table for many families this past year. Have you had any of these concerns yourself?
I sat down with my husband, Doug, recently to record a session for our home church, REVIVE Church of Tampa, where we talked about what it can look like to actively steward your children's education in this season. Now, the spoiler alert is that we homeschool our kids and we're big fans, so we talk at length about this option, BUT we also discuss what you can do to actively steward your kids' schooling if you can't homeschool. We've got you covered!
So if you're ready to dig into this topic and be a little challenged in the area of “active parenting,” then I want you to grab your Bible, your journal and a pen, and . . . Let's Go!
Scripture References mentioned in this episode:
Proverbs 22:6 —
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Psalm 78:1-8 —
Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God.
Links to Resources Mentioned in This Episode
Join us in August inside the REVIVE Online Campus Community (“the ROCC”) where we'll be launching a month-long series on godly parenting. You'll have access to Friday night and Sunday morning service messages all month long and two discipleship sessions designed to help us go deeper into intentional preparation for parenting, including one discipleship session where the material from this episode will be discussed. Hop into our community group and we'll see you there as we continue the discussion.
Erica co-leads a local church alongside her husband, Doug, in Tampa, Florida called REVIVE Church of Tampa. You can visit the church's website for more information about who we are, what we believe and how we show up as the Church in the heart of West Tampa and beyond.
REVIVE Church of Tampa streams services live on Friday nights at 7pm ET and Sunday mornings at 11am ET. You can find those livestreams on our church Facebook page:
If you're interested in joining the online campus of REVIVE Church of Tampa, you are welcome to join our community group on Facebook where we offer weekly discussion around the Friday and Sunday messages as well as discipleship Zoom groups and the opportunity to host others in your home as you stream services. You can find us here:
About this podcast:
Positioned to Prosper is a weekly podcast that covers the ins and outs of what it means to live a lifestyle of breakthrough and victory in your relationships, health, finances and beyond. Your host, Erica Pyle, is no stranger to jumping without the proverbial parachute while maintaining a firm grip on godly wisdom. A self-described slayer of pragmatism and a “walk by faith” kind of girl, Erica is an unabashed believer in the power of God to radically transform lives. Front-footed in faith as she offers straight-up truth, strategies, and wisdom for living victoriously, and equipped with her love for the word of God, her certification as a holistic health coach, and years of experience in personal finance and taxation, Erica is ready to help you get positioned to prosper.