That is really why I homeschool. I spend an inordinate amount of TIME with my children. Every time I get discouraged over academics I ask to be reminded of how much TIME I spend counseling, processing, discussing life and everything in it with my kids. M and S and I were on a walk around the block and they asked why they can’t go to choir at church this year. We left our church several weeks ago and have been visiting around. Joshua will stay at our church since he’s a Senior and Rachel goes to church where her boyfriend is worship pastor. But M and S will come with us. They know many things about why we left but it really was the first time they expressed their feelings. We talked a lot as we walked, about friends and their being in middle school, etc. When we got home I asked Joshua to join us and tell us his experience with leaving a previous church when he was going into the youth group, his feelings of disappointment and anger. I spent an hour and a half with M and S, which began as a church discussion, morphed into one about trusting us as parents and ended as a discussion about their sister B. So many feelings and questions rolled into one. All that really matters is that I was there for them. I took the TIME to listen and help them come to the other side of bad feelings. I do this a LOT! I consider our relationships more important than academics. If your heart is healthy all that will come but M and S have taught me the value of working through negative feelings and destructive behaviors at the get go, not letting them simmer and fester. So….that’s why I homeschool. It’s the gift of TIME that I give my children.