Born and raised in the fast-paced, technology-driven Silicon Valley, I never imagined for a moment that I’d give up days filled with corporate challenges and technology brainstorming, to educate my children at home.
I am a fifth generation, strong-willed woman. As a young girl, my mother told me that I could do anything I put my mind to, and I believed her.
From Mom Inc.: The Corporate Raider
I had no problem entering the corporate work force and playing by the men’s rules. I thrived; however, there was always that piece of me that just wanted to be a mom.
That role lost its significance with the emerging worldview of a generation who embraced Gloria Steinem and burning bras. The culture I lived in preached that what mattered in life was money, materialism, and ME. I continued to tread the well-beaten path to the “American Dream,” along with my husband and two young sons. That nagging, aching, tug on my heart would not relent. I was ensnared.
To Mom Inc.: The Educator
In 2001, a friend introduced me to the idea of homeschooling. It sounded pretty crazy at first, but the more I researched, the more I became convinced of its validity and value.
The idea of taking my children’s education into my own hands was frightening, yet irresistible. After all, who loved my children more than I? Who cared more about their character and moral virtue? I loved to learn and I loved to be with my children. I jumped in with both feet, confident only in the belief of what my mother had taught me, “You can do anything you put your mind to.”
After three years of trying out as many types of curriculum as a valley girl has shoes, I stumbled upon Classical Conversations, a national Classical Christian home school community. I had found the missing piece.
My first-born will graduate this spring. To be honest, there have been days when I wanted to throw in the towel (or throw the towel at someone!). There have been epic battles of will and long hours of teaching myself concepts I had never bothered to learn as a child. There have been tears of frustration and tears of joy.
Teaching, training, and nurturing 24/7 are so much harder than anything I’d ever done in the business world. Yet, the rewards are incalculable.
To The Classroom Of Life
I’m really just a silly girl, naive enough to take big risks, and willing to look like a fool if it means coming closer to fulfilling my purpose in life. Throughout this journey, I have spent more time being humbled than I ever imagined. In exchange, I’ve gained the wisdom of understanding that children are souls to be nurtured, not units to be measured.
Integrity, patience, and service are virtues that will open doors to opportunities of eternal proportions. Acquiring the tools of learning any subject is more valuable than a perfect score on a test. Vibrant discussions, with the freedom to share and explore opinions, build the tools of understanding and wisdom.
And if my children are capable of entertaining a thought without accepting it, they are empowered to change the world.
Robin enjoys living in beautiful Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband and two sons. She is currently a home school high school tutor with Classical Conversations, Inc., mentoring 10th grade students and their parents. She loves learning and rarely turns down a good challenge. Robin loves spending her time with family doing just about anything… as long as they’re together.