Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Back to School

We're going to be trying something new here on Missionary Mom's Companion!  The contributors are going to be working together to write about a common theme that applies to our unique roles as moms serving cross-culturally.  We'll be focusing on our first theme through the end of October, and then our plan will be to have monthly themes starting in November.

So, our first theme is...



Oh my, isn't this a huge topic??  I didn't realize how big of an issue it would be for us as a family until recently, when our kids reached school age.  As with many things living overseas, our plans for education have not worked out how I envisioned, and, ironically enough, we currently have our kids doing the only option that I had said (when we first arrived in Costa Rica) that I would definitely not do! 

I think that the biggest lesson I've learned so far on this topic is that the choices we make about our kids' education are going to look different depending on each family and even each child within a family.  Our decisions will be based on so many different factors -- what schooling options are available, the needs, values, and parenting styles of our family, the individual needs of each child, our ministry, the culture in which we're serving, etc.  So, as we approach this topic here on Missionary Mom's Companion, it is definitely not our goal to come to a conclusion about the best way to educate a child overseas... because I firmly believe that there isn't one best way!  Rather, we hope to share our hearts and varied experiences in a way that provides mutual encouragement in this area that can be so challenging for us as missionary moms.

I am still at the beginning of our kids' journey in education, so I know that I'm going to be learning so much more in the years ahead.  I'm excited about sharing some of what I've learned so far, as well as hearing from other missionary moms around the world about this topic!  In sharing on this topic, it is my hope that we'll hear not just from those contributing posts, but also from so many more moms in the comments.  I'm really looking forward to hearing from you all! 

As we approach this huge topic, what would you like to know about other missionary moms' experiences with education here on Missionary Mom's Companion?


  1. I'm curious about what it is that you said you wouldn't do. :-)

  2. yeah... we've about tried every option there is available out there - except boarding school (which i said we'd never do - not nearly so adamant about that if i felt it would best serve the needs of one of my kids... never say never, eh?). the biggest thing we've learned? any option can work as long as both parent and kid buy into it and work to make it work... and every child needs their own individualized education "plan" which may change from year to year!

    looking forward to reading what all folks share on this theme!

    1. I'm really looking forward to hearing more about your experiences, Richelle. I've been realizing lately, too, that each of our children are going to need an individualized education plan... and that it is ok if these plans look different. What works for one kid might not work for another (and as the mom, I need to be ok with that!).

      And, yes, I guess boarding school is still something I would say we'll never do, but it hasn't really come up b/c I haven't even heard of that option in our part of the world.

      Thanks for sharing, Richelle!