Lately, we have had the opportunity to visit some new to us churches and are planning to visit others pretty soon. One church we have visited has mostly homeschooling families. They also have a coop. Here is what I have written about coops in the past. Since we have visited there a couple of times and are going there most Wednesday evenings I have had several Moms ask me about being in their coop.
When I am asked I always waiver. I wonder if I have missed out on something. Or worse, if my children are missing out on something. I think “maybe we should consider it” Then I get away from the situation when I have time to think about it and “what am I thinking!!!!” Of course, we are missing out. The children are missing out on spending one day a week with their mother who loves them more than any other woman on the earth. They are missing out on my instruction. They are missing out on “proper” socialization.
This may sound awful, but my husband and I made an educated, thoughtful decision to home-educate our children (even if it was before we were even married )
We don't “do” Sunday School for pretty much the same reason. It comes down to responsibility. God gave parents the responsibility to educate… in things of God and things of academics. If there is a subject or 2 that neither I or Shane feel we can handle, then we have no objections to using an outside resource. However, sending them to a co-op every Friday to learn:
A) things I (or Shane) can teach them
B) to socialize with children their own age when I know that's NOT how a child is socialized.
I succumbed to peer pressure and asked about the coop and the classes being offerred. There is one class that the Pastor is teaching that Hannah would probably really enjoy, but it is for the highschool students.
Yes, it would be easy to give in, it would be nice to have some time “off” but with most coops. You don't get time off. You only “trade” your child for your child and 5 others or 10 others. Why would I want to do that???? At least I know my children…
Father, help me stand firm when those around me, even innocently try to sway me from our convicitions.