5 Practical Ways To Walk In Love While You Homeschool

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If your family is anything like our family we can always use a good lesson teaching us more about how to walk in love with one another. It is no secret that when we spend a lot of time with another human being; conflict is inevitable. Homeschooling families face a unique challenge in the “love” department as we tend to spend more time with one another than families that do not homeschool.

The reality is, if we can “master” walking in love with our family members that we see on a day-to-day basis, treating those outside of the home will become a bit more natural to us. However, I am not suggesting that we’ll ever be “perfect” in this area of our lives, rather that the practical application of the 5 following steps will certainly build our character to respond to others with self control and love.

This list has been birthed out of lots of prayer and time spent discussing passages of scripture with my husband over the last 13+ years. While many of the items listed are not “new” to our family, we believe it is crucial to continue to apply these steps to help our homeschool and family grow in God’s love and grace entering into 2012, and beyond.

  1. Read, discuss, and confess Bible scriptures that speak of God’s love and treating one another kindly. For our family this is always done at the meal table every time we eat. Here are some scriptures to get you started: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, Luke 6:31, John 3:16, 2 Timothy 1:7, Ephesians 5:1-2, 1 John 3:16-18.
  2. Teach your child(ren) the importance of guarding the words that come out of their mouths. We have found that it is crucial to teach our child(ren) from the beginning of their life the power that words {positive and negative} have over our lives. You can refer to Proverbs 18:21.
  3. Create opportunities every day for your child(ren) to do a kind act or speak kind words toward one another. For example, recently I had the children each draw their daddy (who is currently deployed to Afghanistan) a photo depicting their “love” for him. After each child finished, they talked about what their drawings meant and then the other two children would complement them on their creativity and heart for daddy.
  4. Once a week, we have a “love day” that we focus on the topic of love. Depending on our focus that week, we use books, movies, and songs to demonstrate more depth about the importance of loving one another.
  5. Once a month, we serve others in need. During the month of December we were able to cook several meals for a family who had been suffering major illnesses. This brought great joy to the children and I as well as providing them with a living example of love in action.

While this list of 5 practical ways to walk in love while you homeschool is not obsolete, it will give you and your family a great foundation for an increased love for others. We have seen these principles help our family work through several “rough spots” during our 8 years of homeschooling. And the good news is that when you have an atmosphere of love in your home, you can’t help but display it towards everyone you meet. Now that is a beautiful thing!

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Carlie is a blessed stay-at-home homeschoolin’ mama of 3, married to the love of her life. You can find out more about her faith, family, homeschooling, and military adventures while living in Germany at: So You Call Yourself A Homeschooler?


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  1. says

    As a Catholic family, we’re delving into teaching our children the importance of serving others in need.

    Last month, we had a homeschooling get together at a local nursing home. We decorated tissue boxes for Valentine’s Day, then distributed them to the residents. It made my heart swell with pride to watch my little ones proudly hand over their creations.

    I love the idea of a “love day”, too!!

    • says

      Diana,
      That experience you describe at the nursing home sounds absolutely amazing. I know that I too would be beaming with joy to see my children in the same scenario. So thankful to serve a loving God that teaches us what true love – and in return help us to understand what life is really all about: Loving and serving others. Bless you!
      Carlie K.