“You Do What?” Explaining Homeschooling at Office Parties

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It’s that time of year.  It’s time to celebrate the Christmas season.  And for some of us, this includes attending our spouse’s annual holiday party.

Apparently a lot of people don’t like to make small talk.  I usually don’t mind making small talk with strangers and acquaintances.  But often the conversation turns to what I do for a living.  While I am confident in my decision to stay home with my kids and take an active role in educating them, my career choice is not often deemed the most exciting one in the room.

It can be a little intimidating to listen to people explain their roles as partners of law firms, or members of the legislature, or owning a successful commercial real estate company, and then admit that I “just” stay home and homeschool my children.

Homeschooling is a tough job.  Right?  Sometimes I look at the professional guy in front of me, all suited up, and wonder if he’d even last a day.  Especially if there were a preschooler or two involved.

Probably not.

I’m not saying this out of pride.  There have been times during my homeschooling days that I have literally sat on my kitchen floor and cried because I didn’t think I could last another day.  But God gives grace.

Sometimes, at these office gatherings, I don’t think that people look down on my decision to stay home and educate my own kids; rather, they just don’t seem to want to talk about it or try to understand it.  They have spent many consecutive years building resumes, and I am an anomaly.  I have stepped off the fast track.  I get it.  My day-to-day life probably doesn’t seem very interesting to them.

When the office Christmas party rolls around every year, it can be helpful for me to take stock of my values, and remember why I have chosen to do what I do, even though it might not look very good on a traditional resume.

Just last week, our pastor pointed out a Bible verse that pertains to this topic.

1 Timothy 5:10 describes how the church should care for widows who have devoted themselves to good works—specific good works.  At the very top of this short list, is this good work: that the widow has “brought up children.”  Caring for children is specifically mentioned as a good work in the Bible. Until last week, I never thought about that before.

I am tempted sometimes to think that my daily work is not that significant.  My work, even though it is not easy work, can sometimes still seem small.

But small things are large things in God’s economy.  My efforts to care for my own children, within the walls of my own home, is good and worthy work in God’s eyes.

Christ is also my example.  He himself left the glory of heaven, and took on the form of a servant, as an example to us all.  If Christ can do that for me, I can leave the glory of a traditional career and serve my own kids.

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My day job involves these four kiddos.

It’s also interesting to think about how Christ chose to spend the majority of His time: He spent it with a small group of people, the disciples.  Christ showed the importance of investing time in a few individuals, taking care to teach and mentor them.

I am learning to not despise the day of small things, regardless of what others at the holiday office party—or elsewhere—may think.


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2 Comments on ““You Do What?” Explaining Homeschooling at Office Parties”

  1. Lisa's * Everyday Life
    December 12, 2018 at 7:40 pm #

    I enjoyed your post. I remember back to family gathering when we made the decision to homeschool and explaining it. Now it’s all old news . Good luck with the office parties I just avoid them.

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  2. Rachelle Reitz
    December 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

    I need reminders like this every once in awhile. I am an achiever and honestly, homeschooling, like parenting, is about the long haul. In the short term, there are not a lot of accolades. And it is lonely. Thanks for the boost.


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