Interview with Danielle Taylor

Age: 26
Ages of Children: 5 and 3
Location: Pennsylvania

Why and when did you decide to homeschool your children?

I don’t think there was a specific moment where I realized I wanted to homeschool. There were more moments of confirmation from God that this was my calling as a mother. I have a cousin who homeschools her 5 children, and an aunt that homeschooled my cousin so the idea of homeschooling was nothing new to me. When I was younger and still in school, the idea of being homeschooled and stuck at home all day and even being a mom and being at home with children all day seemed awful (don’t judge me)! Soon after I gave birth to my first daughter, I felt an overwhelming sense of responsibility to be the primary influence and example in her life and the idea of homeschooling kept creeping up on me. I loved being a stay-at-home mom and enjoyed watching her learn and grow. Before she turned one, I conceived my second daughter and after she was born I felt overwhelmed and didn’t feel homeschooling would be for me. I did put my oldest in preschool for a few months and withdrew her due to moving, but I didn’t like her being there. Her teachers were fantastic, but she inevitably picked up a few bad habits and I was a little jealous that she was learning all these wonderful things without me! Although I wasn’t too fond of preschool, it did spark an interest of learning in her and made it a little easier for me to start working with her at home. Through the years homeschooling was always on my mind and my husband and I decided it would be best that we go with homeschooling the girls when it was time for them to start school and I wouldn’t change a thing!

What do you find most difficult about homeschooling?

There are so many families that homeschool, but I do get lonely since I am much younger than most homeschooling moms. I find I don’t have much in common with other moms since they have older children and they’re in a different place in their life. The good thing about that though is I’m sure when my girls are older, I will run into a mom who is in the same boat I am in now and I’ll be able to give her advice. My God is cool like that!

Who do you turn to when you need homeschooling advice? Why?

I turn to my cousin for advice about almost anything, but especially for homeschooling. She is the Godliest woman I know and she is always very encouraging. Anything I am experiencing or having trouble with she has already been through and she has advice or ideas to overcome that obstacle. She is such a blessing.

What would you say to someone contemplating homeschooling?

Pray, pray, and pray some more. Chances are if homeschooling is on your mind, God is telling you something needs to change. We can make all the plans we want, but our plans are nothing compared to what God’s plans have in store for us. It is by no means an easy way of life, but it is filled with wonderful memories and lessons from the good and the bad that God orchestrates at the perfect time. Listening to Him is so much easier than running and ignoring His calling for you.

How has homeschooling changed you?

Homeschooling has made me much more aware of my actions. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to get flustered or upset or impatient and to act upon those emotions. Of course that isn’t the example I want to be to my children so I make it a point to work on improving myself. Progression over perfection.

Which Bible verse helps you most with homeschooling? How?

Deuteronomy 6:5-7 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”

This verse really speaks volumes to me. My job as a parent is so much more than waking them up, feeding them and getting them ready to spend a day at school, coming home and doing homework, eating dinner and then going to bed. My job is to teach them and talk to them about our Heavenly Father and impress His word in their hearts and there is no way a school system is going to be able to do that. Children are a blessing and a gift from God and I want to honor God by raising Godly young women.

How can we connect with you?

Instagram: classicallyunschooling

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