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?