"That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed." Titus 2:4-5

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It's Okay to Be Home!

I've been thinking a lot about how much it benefits a child to have his mom at home, as well as the benefits of his being homeschooled. Just think about it.  The child gets up in the morning without having to be rushed out the door, to go to daycare or school.  He gets to hang out in his house all day long, with his mom and siblings.  Everyone eats breakfast together; there is no hurried breakfast or big rush out the door without.  There are many cuddles from mommy and loves from siblings throughout the day.  Story time with mommy.  Play time with sissy. Can you tell I'm really thinking about my toddler here?  But this topic applies to all the kids, all the way up to my 16 year old.

I am so grateful that I'm able to have everyone home all day, and that I'm able to be here.  There is so much pressure in society these days to be "out".  I used to feel that to be doing anything of value, the kids and I had to be out of the house several  hours in the week.  I thought that it wasn't okay to be home most of the time. I thought that I needed to fill our calendar with numerous activities, in order to be doing a good job as a mom.

What a lie!

That is simply not true, in spite of the way that most of the people in this country live.  It's not only okay to be home most of the time, it's GOOD.  I think it really benefits children to be home the majority of the time.  Home is where the heart is, and life should revolve around the home.  Home is not just a place to sleep!  It's a place of love, of training, of discipleship. 

I'm not saying that we never go out of the house.  I'm also not saying that it's bad to go out of the house.  But the Lord has taught me that being home--a LOT-- is all good, for everyone.

It's okay to be home!  If there are women reading this who have been struggling with this topic, please take heart.  Enjoy your home, and don't worry about everything "out there".  Savor the moments.  Enjoy your family.  This is what it's all about!


  1. Thank you for sharing this...as a new home schooler so to speak as my oldest is about to turn 7, I have struggled a lot with what we "should" be doing during the day...we love being at home and doing Free things like walks and going to a park...Some of our family says the kids "need" this or that when it comes to a education and socialization but I disagree as their mother to those statements...This post opened my eyes to realize that its fully ok to do nothing outside the home if we dont want to...family is more important and we shouldnt let the world decide what we should and shouldnt be doing!

  2. I have also noticed, the "worldly" influence can't creep in as much if we stay home the majority of the time! Great post!!

  3. April, this is very well written. Thank you for sharing your heart.

  4. Found you through Time-Warp-Wife... I am doing a series on some of the same type of things. How to let go of expectations & being fulfilled at home. There's so many things to fill our time with, even good things, but our priority should be at home! :)