Its easy to see how moms would have more time for work or personal interests once all the kiddos have entered full-time public (or private) school. Some would say this time gives them more “flexibility.” I want to share with you how choosing to homeschool my boys actually gave me more flexibility.
Before I chose to homeschool, I was driving my oldest to all-day, every day kindergarten while trying to provide childcare in my home for other families. I also had my three year old to care for as well. Since I have to work to help with the income, I’d rather do something from home.
I opted to not have my kindergartner ride the school bus. First, I didn’t want him on it because I wasn’t sure he’d really be safe. Secondly, the bus stop was at the end of the street. I’d still have to get everyone strapped into the van and then sit and wait for the bus. Not my idea of stress-free.
Instead, I chose to pack up the kids in the morning and try to make it to school on time to drop him off. Then strap everyone I had back into the van later in the day to drive back to school to pick him up. I then had to decide whether I would drag these children into the building with me to sign him out. Sometimes one or more of my little wards would fall asleep on the way and I had to decide if I could get everyone into the building with me carrying a sleeping child or leave them all in the van.
Choosing to homeschool gave me a lot more freedom in a number of ways:
Still, homeschooling has its challenges and requires a few sacrifices. But as I shared here, the sacrifices are worth it.