JEN, SUE discussed on Risen Motherhood
Who are in the average classroom. That was a huge thing for our kids and for a lot of their friends as well. And then opportunities that are there for kids to go and help out in the classrooms with children only just a lot of cross pollination so that whereas when I was growing up children with special needs were kind of often another room and we didn't an and you know, you didn't know what to do. It was awkward and strange. It just isn't like that anymore. I love that a love that you encounter socioeconomic diversity and you encounter a lot of really sad stories like that. Sounds like a terrible thing to be thankful for. That. My kids would come home in tears over something that they had learned about a friend's marriage, the parents, the marriage on apart or or something that had happened to someone and just things that don't always get talked about youth group, you know, and and yet they had to confront some really hard things early on in life and ask some questions about where is God in the middle of all of this, and how can we speak words of comfort to someone who's going through this? And so those were all just things that I really treasure about them. Having been in the public school people from different religions. We have a huge Mormon population at the high school where my kids went in our community. And so we've had a lot of really good conversations about Mormonism and the differences between Mormonism and Christianity. Because if he raise kids according to. Christian worldview and they're kind of staying out of some of the typical things that other people are doing, they're they're good. Friends are probably gonna end up being the Mormons because the Mormons are probably voiding a lot of the same behaviors. That added that was particularly for conversation. Just real. And so that then when they go off to college or whatever's next after high school, they're not encountering this questions for the first time. Yes, definitely sounds like just a wonderful training ground. Whereas if you were to select a different education option, you know, you might just have to work harder to find those things, expose your children to those things. And that certainly just a really beautiful thing for the kids to be exposed to diversity early on and exposed to just even the broken of the world. Like you were saying. Those are great moment, sue, be able to train your child in biblical thinking and understanding just like where hope applies where the gospel pies there every day because they need that. Like it's a very real and bright thing in their life in their daily life at school. So Jen, is there any last thing that you would love to say to a mom? I feel like we have to start ending the interview time always hits. I'm always like jenness talk a little bit more. Is there one last encouragement that you would offer to among kind of in our stage at the beginning of this. Who's just feeling like this is a big decision, but could you just share some gospel hope for her? Absolutely. You know, we're not given to a spirit of fear, and, and so this is a decision that you're capable of making as the parent. And if you make one decision and it's not working out, then as the parent, you can make a different decision. Children are very resilient. My stepmom would always say that, like, oh, I don't know. I don't know. Maybe not my. Say our kids are made of rubber bounce right back, right. And I think if we if we view our education choice is as which path will help my child avoid the most potential adversity. That's the wrong way to think about it. And if we look at it as I always like to be clear, we did not send our children to public school so they could be missionaries. We sent them there so that they could learn to read in to do math. Over time. Of course, as they grew into maturity, there were opportunities where they wanted to share their faith, but that the point of your education choice, I would urge should be primarily related to learning because children are going to face. They're going to face issues of faith differently depending on what environment they're in and no education environment has they have different sets of pressures, but they all have pressures associated. So you could end up with your child at an environment where their faith is never challenged, or you could have them in an environment where people pretend to be really good Christians and then are doing ever covertly or you. You know, there's always a set of difficulties associated with any educational environment. Kids are gonna go into. So I would, I would say, start by weighing the merits of how good education is much all going to get and then give yourself permission to course, correct. If you need to pray a whole lot. Yeah, we really, really appreciate you coming on and sharing. This I think is just so encouraging. You're actually the third in the series that we've gone through. And I, I hope that the moms that have tuned in through this process are feeling a little bit more like this is about giving glory to God and who we are as you said and not the minutiae of what we decide. He's so much bigger and so much more sovereign and that and we don't know the end, but he does. And so we can just keep obeying him when step at a time. Just so hopeful at the end of this. And I hope everyone who is listening feels that way as well. So thank you so much for the wisdom that you added to this conversation. Thanks for letting me chime in.