Happiness is the decision to homeschool! Homeschooling wasn’t something I ever thought I would do. Here I am, a homeschooling mom to 3 bees (my kids) – middle, elementary, and preschool.
Homeschooling wasn’t easy. Everyone that I spoke to it about it told me it would be easy. The idea of it being easy sold me on the idea. Six months later, I abandoned ship for a private school that would later drive me to withdraw.
Fast forward two years and I am facing a situation. Our self-employed (marketplace) insurance was going from $500 a month to close to $1,000. We couldn’t avoid private school and our insurance. I knew then that it would be homeschool again. So I started in November of that year and I haven’t looked back. Last year was the first year I taught my daughter. It was tricky to go from one child to two in the teaching department, but we made it work. The youngest was added in this year because driving to her preschool took a lot of time away from our schoolwork. It’s okay, though. She is happy with homeschooling and she loves the co-op we are involved in.
Happiness is the decision to homeschool but it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Homeschooling is hard. The older the kids get their attitudes change. They change. We all change. The big picture is I get to teach my kids and be with them all the time. The small daily picture is sometimes I countdown with the timer for each class so we can all take a break from each other. That’s real life.
I do love homeschooling them even when they make me want to pull my hair out and I start biting my nails at test time to see if they learned what I taught them. However, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, I threaten them with going back to public/private/charter school. I do that not because it’s a “lowly” place to be, but because I know they would respect their teachers. They wouldn’t whine or tell them they don’t want to work. And plus, the kids don’t want to lose the ability to sleep in, stay up a little late with us, travel constantly, to enjoy the museums without anyone there, etc. This is my only leverage when they get seriously out of control on some days.
Happiness is the decision to homeschool! It has been a great journey and I love to hate it.