Teri Maxwell will be speaking at the Lee’s Summit Home Educators’ meeting 7-8:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at Christ Triumphant Church about “Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit.” This is a great meeting to start your year off! For more information, see the Maxwells’ site.
How do you know Lee’s Summit Home Educators, and how did this event come about?
Living over an hour away from Lee’s Summit, I was not familiar with Lee’s Summit Home Educators, until Angela emailed and asked if I could speak at their meeting.
She had heard me give the “Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit” workshop in the past and felt it would be something her group would enjoy and from which they would benefit.
What have you found to be the most rewarding experience when speaking to homeschool groups like this one?
I am blessed when moms come up to me after I share and say something like: “Wow! I think you have been peeking in my window. Your struggles are just like mine! You have given me so much hope! I didn’t know how I was going to go on, but now I do!”
Then I know that I’m on target and encouraging them where they are “at.”
The title of your message on Jan. 12, “Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit,” is the same title as one of your best-selling books. Will your message be primarily based on the book, and if so, what particular themes will you focus on?
The session is similar to the book, but I am able to add more personal and recent examples in the workshop. We will look at meek-and-quiet-spirit robbers and how to overcome them.
Having personally dealt with those meek-and-quiet-spirit robbers, this workshop isn’t theoretical. It is practical and down-to-earth. It meets moms’ needs that they experience every day.
In your book, you describe how many moms beginning homeschooling have this idyllic vision of how it should look (think cuddly, cute angels all snuggled up and reading aloud on a couch)! When reality hits, however, they often feel disappointed and discouraged. What are some tips you could give them now to try to avoid unrealistic expectations?
To avoid unrealistic expectations, I think it is helpful for the homeschooling mom to remind herself that homeschooling is just plain hard work and often doesn’t come with the cooperation she would like to have.
However, there isn’t anything she could invest her time doing that would be of more eternal value than the lives of her children, and it is worth every sacrifice she is making.
It would be delightful if there was a “silver bullet,” but I haven’t found anything easy.
Since the time you wrote your book, is there anything you would add or change?
If I were writing this book today, I would probably call it A Meek and Quiet Spirit because many moms have told me that they think it is applicable to far more than just the homeschooling community.
What are three things that you hope attendees will take away from this event?
I would like to see the moms at the meeting leave revitalized by being freed from discouragement, having tools to help them combat meek-and-quiet-spirit robbers, and having their hearts filled with hope in Jesus Christ.
What other resources do you recommend for homeschool moms who have already read Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit?
Those books further develop the themes in Homeschooling with a Meek and Quiet Spirit by looking at Scripture and by sharing specific examples from my life. We welcome you to stop by our Titus2.com website for more information and other resources.
Thanks so much, Teri!