As a Christian parent, how do you decide where your child should go to school. This was a really hard decision for me with my firstborn. As a parent that wants to put Jesus first it is sometimes difficult for me to make decisions regarding my children. I want to protect them from the evil of the world but I also want them to be strong in their faith and be able to say no to inappropriate things. It seems like 20or 30 years ago the biggest decision when you had a kindergartner was whether you were going to do morning or afternoon at the neighborhood school. Now there are so many options for school. Some of these options existed back then as well, like homeschooling and private school but now it seems like there’s even more options like schools with a foreign language, arts, or a math and science emphasis.Also now we have all the different types of technology that are influencing our children that we didn’t have before. So it feels like there’s a greater need of protecting our children from what other children might be viewing at home that we would never let our children watch. But then we want our children to be lights and examples to others. So what do we do?
This one decision of where to send my firstborn child to kindergarten had me up at night and made me sick to my stomach. I wasn’t sure if I should homeschool him, put him in the private school at the church we go to, put him in our neighborhood elementary that is a large Title I elementary or homeschool him. When it comes down to it, everyone has a different opinion and everyone is in a different season of life. I wanted in my child to go to school where my friends were sending their children, but they all ended up going to separate schools. Some decided on private school, some home schooled for a couple years and some wavered their kids into other school districts. I thought I would put my child in private school. I researched lots of private schools and lots of the local elementary schools, I read books and I talk to people about what they were doing and how they were deciding on their child’s education. But I just did not have a peace.
When it came down to it, I had a revelation that this decision was between me and God and I had to follow my heart of what I thought the Lord had for our family. It gave me a lot of peace. I felt I needed to go talk to the principal and some teachers at our neighborhood school and I found that they were so compassionate and there were several Christian teachers that really believed in the kids at the school. So I turned to my study Bibles to seek the Lord through Scripture and I prayed and prayed and felt like the Lord was calling our family to invest in our neighborhood and put our kids in our neighborhood school. The other thing that gave me a huge peace was some advice from a friend, that you can take it year by year and that this one decision is not set in stone. Kids are resilient especially in elementary and if later on the following year we feel like our child is supposed togo to a different school we can move him. We can make changes which made the decision less stressful. I didn’t feel the pressure of deciding my child’s whole 18 years of education. I could just pray and do what I felt like the Lord was calling me to do for the next year to the best of my ability and give myself the grace to make a change if I need to.