We have begun our third year of homeschooling–me and my boys.
Well, my husband helps some, too, but the bulk of this burden lies on me. After all, it was “my” decision mainly. He may not care one way or the other; however, it was my heart and mind that went through the changing process that brought me to start homeschooling our oldest. If my heart and mind hadn’t changed I wouldn’t this thing called homeschooling.
Now don’t get me wrong. I love homeschooling, but it isn’t exactly a piece of cake. Oh sometimes it seems pretty easy. But, I guess the hardest part is really being with my kids all day. Everyday. Grocery store. Post Office. Anywhere and everywhere.
It wouldn’t be so hard if my boys (that’s all I have, just two of them) would not feel the need to be goofing off so much. I mean, how hard is it to stand still at the cart while mom is concentrating on such hard decisions like, you know, which brand of resusable plastic containers is the best buy. We’re talking almost $2.50 a set here, people! Couldn’t the boys just, you know stand still. Quietly?
No. They’re doing stuff like flipping a shoe off their feet into the aisle and watching it slide across the floor. No lie. Happened this week. And at that point I was just glad to let them be boys as long as they were doing it quietly and not hurting anyone or anything.
And yeah, we did a little school today, but took most of the day off. We can do that since I’m the parent, teacher, and principle you know. Afterall, we don’t take “snow days” and we probably work through many school holidays as I don’t feel the need to take a week off here and there. We take a day off here or there when I, the parent-teacher-principal decides to take it off.
And yes, there are those days when the thought of a school building equipped with our very own tax-dollar-paid teachers (even though we don’t have kids in those schools) slips into my mind as a tempting course of action: I could send them to “school” and have the day to myself!
Homeschooling is what I feel God has called me to do and I will do it. Days like these, the days that are trying when I feel I have no time for myself, just remind me how much more training my boys need. It’s then that I realize I might need some of that training.
What about you? If you homeschool, do you ever have “those days” where you consider putting them in traditional schools?
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