Homeschoolers – 5 Reasons To Adore Them

 

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This past weekend I had an amazing opportunity as a speaker and exhibitor at the Great Homeschool Convention in Ft. Worth, Texas. I will freely admit that I didn’t know what to expect when I walked through those doors, and I didn’t know if anyone would be ready to hear what I had to say about preventing child sexual abuse. I was just hoping that one person would come by our booth and that one person would show up for my speaking engagement.

Well, after the weekend was wrapped up, let’s just say that I was overwhelmed and pleasantly surprised by the response I received.

While not everyone at the event had a positive response about the topic of child sexual abuse or the methods I perceive as critical to preventing child sexual abuse, the majority did and the majority left me with such admiration for homeschoolers that I want to share and outline just a few of the things that stood out to me.

  1. The first attribute that stood out to me was their kindness. There were countless individuals I talked with whom I felt like I had known forever. I felt like I wanted them to move down the street from my family and me so that we could be friends and so that our children could be friends and so that one day our grandchildren could be friends. Yes, they were really that kind. I wanted to ask a few if they would go ahead and move; however, that would have been totally awkward, so, I saved them from that awkward moment and left feeling grateful.
  2. The phrase that pops into my mind about homeschoolers is, “salt of the earth.” As someone who insisted on and was blessed to be able to experience natural childbirth with my two daughters, I can recognize “salt of the earth” people from a mile away. They are the true definition of genuine with zero room for fake. I felt and was blessed by seeing, hearing, and interacting with their real soul when they walked up to my booth. The majority didn’t wear fancy clothes or have on a ton of makeup; no, they were too confident for that.

    They were simply beautiful just the way they were and it’s the most beauty I have been a part of in a long while.

  3. Another attribute that I recognized was that they were planted firmly in their faith. No, they did not go around and fall to their knees and throw their hands up and walk up to people to heal them. But, what I felt and what I saw was real faith. These people didn’t have to toss around God’s name from racket to racket, as in a tennis match, to be recognized for their faith; however, I just felt this overwhelming presence of something bigger. The individuals I encountered were like solid oak trees standing firmly in their beliefs and appeared as if nothing that is worldly would ever shake that.
  4. One more attribute that I adored about the homeschoolers I had the pleasure to meet was that they are highly educated. One family, for instance, might have had 12 children and the four that were out of the house were in medical school, dental school, or were engineers. The parents were avid writers and some had published over 17 books. This is probably the reason they are homeschooling. They have studied and researched our public education system and see the devastating flaws and believe they can do better for their children. There is nothing greater than being around people who will have real conversations with me. I live for the real and was grateful to be surrounded by highly educated people.
  5. The last attribute and possibly my biggest drive to continue to educate, encourage, and empower homeschoolers about child sexual abuse is that they are highly empathetic. In my eyes, empathy is the light in the world and is a powered force that can be used to relate to any one person.

    Empathy is beautiful as long as it includes the person whom is empathetic.

    A downfall to empathy is that the darkness sees that as a weakness and oftentimes will use that against a person to do harm to them and/or their precious babies. I want and hope to educate more homeschoolers in the future to warn them of the dangers that empathy holds when boundaries are not set.

As the epitome of an introvert, the conference left me extremely exhausted, after it was all said and done. I had the opportunity to hug, to cry, to laugh, to have real conversations, and really connect with some beautiful and wonderful people. Even though I was beyond exhausted, I would do it all over again every.day.of.the.week. It was real and it was wonderful, and I hope the parents I reached are able to give their children a voice to make sure the darkness of child sexual abuse never reaches their sweet babies’ souls.

 

Jennifer Hillman is a licensed speech-language pathologist, producer of the AWARD-WINNING educational DVD, “The Five B’s”, mother of two and an active advocate and speaker for sexual abuse prevention education in the home, churches and in schools.

For more information on this topic and the AWARD-WINNING educational DVD on empowering children about body safety in order to prevent sexual abuse, go to www.baileybeebelieves.com.

Comments

  1. Yay!!!! I won. It was a pleasure to meet you and talk with you. You opened my eyes even more.
    I look forward to watching this with my kids, 2 girls and 2 boys.

    God bless you!
    Heather Taylor

    • Jennifer Hillman says:

      So glad that you won and it was a pleasure meeting you at the convention. Best of luck to you and your family.

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