1. Make an appointment in advance to visit your legislator.
- They are very busy people, especially during the legislative session, meetings last 5-15 minutes.
- Be ON TIME!
2. Dress as if you were going to meet someone important. You are!
- Legislators always dress professionally. We should dress professionally when we visit the Capitol & our legislators, as well.
- A trip to the Capitol is more than a field trip. It is our opportunity to be ambassadors for Christ and Christian home education to our government officials. This is very important.
- We may be the only homeschoolers some legislators ever see.
- Therefore, our dress should reflect the care, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail that we apply to every area of our homeschooling … and all of life.
3. Be gracious, courteous, and honoring in everything you say
- Through your actions, also, you are representing Christ to this person who is representing you in our government.
- Discuss with your family the importance of communicating with our words, facial expressions, actions, and attitudes only what is honoring to Christ and others.
- Be brief!
4. Have a plan.
- Be prepared with several brief but important things you wish to communicate to your legislator.
- Introduce each member of your family. Then begin by expressing your gratitude for his/her work on your behalf.
- Be informed on issues effecting home education this session, CHN will have a paper prepared for you to pick up at the registration table.
- Express also your sincere appreciation for the legislature’s consistent protection of our freedoms to homeschool in this state.
- Share one or two important benefits of homeschooling in your family.
- Express briefly any concern you might have.
- And/or—if time permits—have a child or two ask a significant question that has been thought through beforehand.
5. Be relaxed and friendly.
- Although legislators are governing authorities, they are also people just like you. They appreciate genuine friendliness like everyone else.
6. Be grateful!
- Before leaving, again express your genuine gratitude for the time your legislator has spent with you.