Ab·i·gail (b-gl): Joy Of The Father

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Teacher Training

My brother and I.
Today I would like to write to the stay-at-home-daughters (SAHD). This is officially my first year as a SAHD, as I just graduated in December. But as I am doing an online school course, I still feel like somewhat of a student. I am looking forward to graduating, when I will have more time to devote to things for training to be a stay-at-home-mother. But I am doing what I can now. This year in homeschooling, my mother is letting me teach my younger brother spelling. It is going pretty well so far-spelling is one of my stronger points, and my brother is a pretty good speller. ;) I am enjoying it and learning a lot-about my teaching style, changes to make when the curriculum needs some improving, etc. If you are a homeschooled SAHD with younger siblings, I would highly encourage you to try teaching a subject-with help and supervision from your mother. In most cases, she has been homeschooling for many years, and can offer an amazing amount of advice. It will give you wonderful training for the future when you may be homeschooling your own children. Also, start out small. This year I am only teaching spelling. But maybe next year I will teach 2 subjects. I would also suggest to teach not only with your strengths but your weaknesses as well. (I guess that means I should take science or math next year... oh dear!) As a SAHD you have a wonderful opportunity to learn and train at home, and get a "jump-start" for when you have your own family. Take advantage of this opportunity!

~Brooke Reninger


  1. So let me get this straight? As a SAHD you are going to "stay at home" until you are married and then you are going to stay at home then?

    As we all know, God works in his own time not yours. So what happens if God doesn't see fit to give you a husband for 15 years? Are you going to live off your parents for the next 15 years? What if God never send you a husband? How will you live when your parents are gone with no education and no real world experience? What will you tell an employer? That You lived in the sheltered environment of your parents and now they are gone and now you have to get a job.

    I'm sorry but this kind of sounds like a cop-out. God also empowers us to take care of ourselves by getting an education and a JOB!!! Unfortunately we have to live IN the world but by his grace we don't have to be OF it.

    Curious to what you ladies think about the other SAHD - Stay at home dads? What happens when the woman is the bread winner because she is intelligent, outgoing and extremely successful in what she does. You are not even giving yourself a chance.

    Christianity needs successful people too. That includes successful women. Not old maids that live in hiding so they don't have to be exposed to the things of the world.

    I will continue to pray for you.

  2. Uh ohhh. I see that you are moderating the comments. I will bet that my comment will never be posted or answered.

    As long as you can squash opposition before it's seen you never have to address it. Good plan for maintaining that sheltered existence. However it's not a good plan for a blog. Blogs are designed to encourage participation, hence the "comment box." You should disable all comments if you simply want this to be propaganda or some kind of a manifesto.

  3. Brooke response to Andy's comment above:

    Well, in response to the first, I do not plan to never have a job. I plan on working at home as an MT, piano teacher, and eventually becoming a published author. Yes, I want to be a stay at home mother. I believe that is what God has called me to do. That does not include being a lazy mother. I believe in following the biblical example of a daughter staying at home until she is married, my parents support this too. Now, obviously, this does not mean that I never leave the house! And if my parents wanted me to get a "real" job, and through prayer I thought it was the right thing to do, I would. Right now, however, we do not feel it is the thing to do. I do not believe in the woman being the "major bread winner." The man is the head of the household, so he should support his family financially.

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  5. Brooke's response to Andy's second comment:
    The comment box is for encouraging posts, not degrading, discouraging comments.

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  7. "...this website is not seeking “converts” to our understanding of Scripture but is seeking to edify people who already embrace this understanding."

    This actually helps me out a whole lot. I completely misunderstood and I am good now.

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  9. I find it somewhat comical that my small article has provoked such discussion! It is good discussion though. ;)

    In Christ,