How a Social Day can Prepare Children for Christianity

Training Up with an Ice Cream Social

We had a social day today. An Ice Cream related social to be exact. Our Home School Support Group kicked off the back to school season today with a field trip to a local ice cream factory followed by a picnic and play time in the factory park.
 
Ice Cream Social - ization, why Christian homeschoolers seek social opportunities.
 
Yes folks! We do “socialize” our children. We put forth a lot of extra effort to ensure our children are learning how to interact with the world because we get that question more than any other question when we say we are homeschoolers. There is a stigma attached to homeschoolers. So many people think we keep our kids locked away in dark rooms with little if any interaction with the real world. 
 
I’ve met a lot of home school families in the last 5 years. I will admit there are some who fit the stigma. But most do not. Most are actively working within the community seeking any and every opportunity to educate their child. Most understand that education isn’t about passing tests or getting good grades, but rather it is about training up a child with every skill set they need to function in the real world as an adult.
 
But for Christian home educators, the goal that we are striving for is to train up our child to serve God and be faithful unto death to be rewarded with a heavenly home. 
 
Oh, I can hear the scoffers now. “What does socialization have to do with faith or heaven?” Well, let me just tell you! A Lot! Christians are told to…
 
Love your neighbor as yourself.” Mark 12:31. 
 
We are told…
 
Beloved let us love one another, for love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and knoweth God. He who loveth not knoweth not God for God is love.” 1 John 4: 7-8 We are told to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15. 
 
All of these commandments to love and share the gospel with others require one very important skill. The ability to communicate effectively with other people. Which is the very reason why I choose to train up my son in the area of social development. 
 
What social things do you do with your children today?

 

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