Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Back to Homeschool: Hey Homeschool Mama
Wow, what a mistake that was.
A lot of these books, tend to also give you a bunch of parenting advice. Have you noticed that? So then, not only was I worrying about what we were going to do for school and pulling out my credit card wondering if I should use it to buy the very next best thing in homeschooling curriculum that I read about on some blog somewhere... Where as I going? Oh yeah... so not only was I worrying about schooling my kids, suddenly I was worried that maybe I wasn't parenting them right either.
I have been doing this parenting thing for almost 21 years now. You would think I would know what I am doing. And sure, I have learned quite a few lessons in those decades (D. E. C. A. D. E. S... I think I just sprouted another gray hair there). But don't let anyone fool you, no one has this gig down. No matter how many blog posts or books you read by people who claim to be experts, they are no more prepared than the rest of us.
So I grabbed those books and shoved them under my bed. Inspiration is good and all, but sometimes self-help books should just be called self-doubting books.
I think one of the hardest things about being a homeschooler is that we want to do it all. We want the very best for our family and that can get really overwhelming. We ponder and go into debt thinking, "If only I can find the perfect curriculum! Then my kids will love learning, love God, get into the very best college (on a full ride scholarship), and never ever ever have to suffer."
Wouldn't that be great?
It doesn't matter what curriculum you use or style of homeschooling. Our kids will make mistakes. They may always hate math and only want to read comic books. They may question the faith, refuse to listen to your advice, and will most likely get their heart broken more than once. The only thing we can do, for sure, is to be there.
And that is the best thing about homeschooling, no matter if you are a Classical, Mason, Waldorf, Traditional or whatever homeschooler, we can be there. Life will never be free and easy. Everyone has bumps in the road. And if you use a workbook to teach your kid grammar... don't worry, I won't tell.
Praying for you all to have a beautiful homeschooling year! Please pray for me too!