The other day my daughter asked, "Why am I home schooled?"
"Because I love you," was my answer.
But as soon as the words came out of my mouth, I regretted them.
I realized that if my daughter followed my logic to its end, she might believe that the parents who love their children home school and then assume that parents who don't love their children, don't home school.
So I had to backtrack.
"Norah, if I didn't know how to teach you at home, would it be loving to keep you out of school?"
"If you were suffering lack, going without things you need, and I could go to work and provide those things, wouldn't it be loving for me to do that?"
"So I stay home and use my gifts here out of love. Another mom with different gifts sends her kids to school because she loves them. And another mom, out of love, goes to work and provides for her family. So parents can make opposite decisions for the exact same reason: love."