Issue 18 | August 3, 2012 | New Resource Advisor!

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How do some families raise all their children to be high-achievers?  What "techniques" might be employed to boost the motivation of youngsters.  Read the insights from one recent home school graduate about what he remembers from his parents' training of their children. 

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FEATURED STUDENT: Ben Solem

Ben SolemBen Solem from Annapolis, Maryland, was raised in a military family. With the frequent moving that was required, home schooling was the surest way to maintain a consistent education.  When living at a military installation in Alaska, the Solems realized that approximately 50 of the 90 families there home schooled their children, even though the military provided schools for the children.  During his education, Ben developed an interest in government studies and has been involved with TeenPact, which strives to expand the capacity for leadership and influence among teens.  See www.teenpact.com .  Ben attended their 4-day state classes, then moved on into leadership in the organization.  This past semester, Ben has traveled for TeenPact across the nation teaching in the state capitals to student groups about government.  Currently, Ben is headed to Wheaton College to study government, communications and pre-law on a four year ROTC scholarship.

Ben's father, Greg Solem, has been a professor of military science, has been deployed to Afghanistan, and is currently an Army Lieutenant Colonel stationed at the Pentagon.  So obviously, Ben and his brothers and sister come from high-achieving roots.  But Ben told me during his interview that more than genes are involved with the development of quality character among all of his siblings.  Ben remembers four things his parents did to instill morals, values and ethics.

Because of the military lifestyle,  Greg and Helen trained their children to take change in stride.  As Ben put it, "Don't take life too seriously.  You need to enjoy the people you meet and the places you live, but don't hold onto them too tightly."
From a young age, Ben's parents challenged him to go above and beyond.  Greg would tell his children, "Solems are leaders",  "Solems do everything well", "Solems do everything to the glory of Jesus Christ."  Ben remembers hearing this on a daily basis.  

Many times, people would ask the Solems how they were so successful with their child-rearing.  Their answer was always the same, "prayer".
Ben's fondest memory is that of his parents employing the methods in Deuteronomy 11:18-20 where they spent a lot of time with their children and made those teachable moments.

As Ben reflected on the past 12 years, he made a very memorable statement that underscores the importance and value  of home schooling, "I think it is important to live a set-apart yet engaged lifestyle.  Home schooling provides the setting for this."