Grandparents of Homeschoolers…Let’s Have a Chat

It's high time you get involved in your grandchild's education!

Today’s post is going to be a little different than the norm. While I’m usually addressing homeschool parents (or at least, parents, in general) here on my blog or on my YouTube channel, I’m searching for a different audience just this once, an audience you won’t find much content for:

Grandparents of Homeschoolers.

And it’s long overdue.

What every homeschool grandparent should know...

Over this past decade of homeschooling (wow, has it really been that long??), I’ve both met and heard about various types of homeschool grandparents.

Some are absolutely thrilled that their grandchildren are learning at home, and they do everything they can to be a part of it.

Get involved!

Some really don’t care one way or the other. They trust their children’s instincts but don’t make much of an effort to get involved. Apathy is the name of the game.

Get involved!

And then there are those who are appalled that their grandchildren will not go to school, and take every opportunity to let the world know what they think.

Get involved!

You might be thinking that this post is going to be directed at this last group of grandparents. You would be mistaken, although don’t you worry; that post is a-comin’.

You might be thinking I’ll be addressing the first group, but, alas, tis not the case. While this group certainly deserves some accolades and a heartfelt tribute, I will save that for another day.

My friends, today I need to chat with those grandparents who are neither cold nor hot, because I’m guessing there are some things we need to clear up.

I think there may be a misunderstanding. In this day and age, multi-generational learning is something that’s almost unheard of. Like homeschool parents, homeschool grandparents have also been fed the lie that education is best left to the “experts.”

This mistruth has had a far worse effect than many people imagine. Currently, we have generations of people who have been cut from all ties to not only basic life skills, but to their heritage. Their culture. Their traditions.

This is where you come in, grandma and grandpa.

Your wisdom and experience can be such a boon to your grandchildren. We need you to step up to the plate and get involved. You don’t need to be a math whiz. You don’t need to have “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” memorized. There are so many skills you likely know that you don’t give a second thought to, but are, in reality, becoming a lost art.

Skills like:

  • cooking and baking from scratch (They don’t call it “Grandma’s Cooking” for nothing!)
  • canning
  • gardening
  • hand sewing
  • using a sewing machine
  • woodworking
  • landscaping
  • automotive repair
  • homeopathy (aka, home remedies)
  • making clothing
  • crocheting/knitting
  • quilting
  • cross stitching
  • basic home repair
  • hospitality

Beyond hands-on skills, your grandchildren can learn so much from you just by you TALKING to them. Tell them old family stories. Share some traditions and folk tales. Let them in on a time that smart phones never existed!

But why can’t the parents do this?

That’s easy. Many of us parents never learned those skills from our parents. The reason behind this can vary from family to family, but I’ll tell you a very likely reason beyond the public education system: the Women’s Lib movement.

I know I probably just made some enemies, but I’m all about truth. Let me begin by sharing something with you that most people don’t know:

The Rockefellers were behind the feminist movement.

If you know your history, you’ll already be aware that the Rockefellers also played a huge role in the inception of compulsory schooling. Here’s the thing: both compulsory schooling and feminism were designed to (at least in part) destroy the family unit. After all, if both parents in every home worked, that would mean almost twice the number of taxpayers. Money talks.

Sadly, their plan worked beautifully.

It’s no small wonder that most adults today have no connection to the past and no connection to the concept of self-sufficiency. We were never taught. Women were convinced that the role of housewife and homemaker was unimportant and unworthy of being passed along. They were coaxed out of their homes by the false notion that they weren’t valued and that their call to motherhood wasn’t enough. And let us not forget that the public education system provided the perfect means for this to succeed – free government day care indoctrination schooling.

Adults today are suffering from the ill-effects of this mentality. Handicrafts, skills, and traditions that were once vital to who we are as human beings were written off as being unimportant, thus they were never passed along. Why teach something that doesn’t matter anymore?

But it does matter. An idea for a blog post that originally started out as a plea for grandparents to get involved has become so much more.

This is my new plea:

We are losing our history. We are losing our traditions, and our children are suffering for it. We need you to help us bring it back.

Will you?

Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

7 thoughts on “Grandparents of Homeschoolers…Let’s Have a Chat”

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with this post! It breaks my heart that women do not see the incredible value of staying home to raise a family. EVEN if their children attend public school their calm and constant presence is needed at home! Baking, gardening, canning, sewing, etc. are lost arts and even more damaging is a child treated their entire life as if they are an unnecessary burden, a inconvenience to find childcare for. My heart truly breaks for this generation.

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  2. Love this post Shelly! ❤ Sadly my son's don't have their Grandparents any longer but I grew up very close to my mother's parents and learned SO much from them. Also my Great Grandmother lived with us for many years while I was in school and she lived to be 104! ❤ It was my Great Gma who taught me how to crochet doilies and do needlepoint and the stories she shared about her own childhood and younger years always had me mesmerized. My Gma would sit and crochet with me and taught me how to knit, make a pattern and sew. She sewed beautifully and for years sewed all her and her 4 daughters' dresses. She gifted me one of her antique Singer sewing machines that I used for years. She showed me how to make homemade meals and baked goods and how to can from the garden. Gpa had a huge woodshop in the basement where he showed us how to make birdhouses and little tables and how to cut the corner angles and set a nail into the wood if we wanted a smooth finish. He had an area just for us grandkids he always kept stocked with all we could need to create whatever we wanted. Another favorite memory was his hand churned ice cream he made on special occasions. My oldest is 29 and did have a few years with two of his grandparents but we lived in another state so he didn't have nearly as much one on one time as I wish. My 7 year old only had my dad until he was 5 and we again lived several states away until a year before he passed when we moved to be near him. I can't agree more the importance and greatness a grandparent can bring to a child. I learned and remember more from my grandparents that I utilize now than I can list. I try to pass this down to my own but it isn't the same for sure.

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  3. Wow! Once again, I appreciate your honesty and willingness to bring light to a topic that is controversial in many circles. I so agree that there has been consequences to the women’s liberation movement (I hope some of them were unanticipated and unintended but I wonder sometimes?) that have caused us to lose so much of our family and community culture and separated families to the point that it is the norm. Thank you for another thoughtful and thought-provoking post. Peace and Blessings!

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  4. Our two sons were home schooled, and now our five (so far) grandchildren are being home schooled. It’s the single most important thing we can do for our families, other than making sure they are active in a good church. In addition to having the grandkids over (the farthest lives only a mile and a half from here) to learn about the garden or watch chickens hatch in the incubator or read books from our library, we also have folks from the home school group at church come by to learn. Another thing we can help with is buying home school materials. Both moms have an open account on the home school vendors’ websites. They let me know when they’ve added something, and we buy it. Everyone may not be able to do that, but if you can, it’s a way we can help out and encourage and remove one more obstacle to home schooling.

    Come on, fellow grandparents – time to step up and make a difference!

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