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When School Feels Dangerous

…and homeschooling isn’t an option.

I don’t want to write about this. But the ugly truth is, well, ugly. Last week a young man lost his life too soon in a school stabbing. In my town. All the schools in the area were on lock down. Parents were panicked.


Last night a local church (the church we attended when all of my babies were born. my old church. hallowed ground) held the memorial service for this young man.

And shots were fired.
Please note! The news report (Yes the local news – not mere rumors) was incorrect. Shots were not fired. A scuffle broke out but no guns were involved.

At church, people!

Oh how my heart aches.

What I want to do is rant and rage and point fingers. But that won’t help. I’m going to give you scared mommas some peace. If I had to send my babies (ahem, I know they are teens, but as we all know, they are always our babies) to school today, my nerves would be fried.

When school feels dangerous (and homeschooling isn’t an option) there are things you can do.

1. Pray

2. Trust – Give your children to God and leave them in His capable hands.

3. Teach them what to do in dangerous situations. Knowledge is power. Tell them what to do when a fight breaks out. It’s human nature to want to see what’s going on, but a whole lot safer to walk away. That being said, keep it age appropriate. A six year old does not need images of bloodshed. You can teach them about fighting without words about blood and knives.

4. Do not put your fear on your kids. They are kids. They do not need to carry your fears around with them. Do what you can to alleviate their fears.

5. Don’t hesitate to talk to the school. If you have concerns, ask your child’s teacher. They are there to help. They want to provide a safe place for your child.

6. Don’t make rash decisions out of fear. While I’m a huge proponent of homeschooling, I caution people about making rash decisions out of fear. If you have a high school student, find out everything you can about local private schools or homeschooling before pulling them out. Ask yourself Should I homeschool? And give yourself a few weeks to answer.

7. Keep Praying.

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time… Yet this is no cause for shame, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him until that day. 2 Timothy 1: 7, 9, 12

Homeschool Survival Bag (pass it on)





park passI spent weeks planning this and yesterday was my target day; however, we woke to horrific news about a fatal stabbing at a nearby school. I almost didn’t do this activity. I almost didn’t run this post today. BUT yesterday was the perfect time to spread a little sunshine. Today is the perfect time to run this post. We all need a little sunshine. Let me tell you – it’s worth it. The smiles, texts, facebook shout outs made it worth every penny and every minute I spent. I learned a few lessons. But I’m saving those for another day.

I made a few of these bags and delivered them to some fellow homeschool moms ding-dong-ditch style. It definitely added some excitement to our day! Feel free to take my idea and pass it on! (and to the traditional schooled moms- take this idea and make one for you! The point is to get out there and make someone smile!)

Homeschool Survival Bag

Dear Mom,

You’re starting another year of your calling. While it’s the biggest blessing of ALL, it’s also a challenge.

Many moms worry about completing homework. The homeschool mom worries about providing the entire education their child will receive. Is it an adequate education, preparing your child for college – and life beyond? Heavy questions.

Many moms worry about waiting in the carpool line. The homeschool mom worries about turning an ordinary walk into a major science lesson, or on some days, finding time alone to shower.

This bag is for the days that don’t go as planned. The days a school bus looks like a bit of freedom…

May these days be few and far between!

Tea – to relax in the midst of chaos.

Post it notes – keep sticking to the truth!

Chocolate – just because it makes everything better!

Park Pass – When all else fails, PLAY!

Have an amazing year!

The Vogels

*Please take this idea. Download my Park pass and letter and use it to spread a little sunshine to others.*

Pass It On!

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