I’ve only been doing this parent thing for 6 years. Wow, it feels like a lot longer than that. But one of the worst parts of everyday parenting I have come across to date is having to make life altering decisions that affect your children. It is terrifying!!! I constantly wonder- am I ruining them for life? Every thing I do, I try to do with the best intentions. I love my children and I want them to have the best of everything, and this includes education.
One thing I love about living in this country is we have so many options. Options equals freedom- am I right? Which is a beautiful thing, something we often take for granted. So when for some reason we felt guided towards homeschooling it really caught us off guard. I never in a million years pictured myself homeschooling my children, and I really knew nothing about the subject. I mean aren’t homeschooled children weird unsocialized creatures?
But then after I started researching and learning more and more about it and met with veteran homeschooling moms and attended a homeschooling conference, I started to gain confidence. And then I realized that where I live there are a ton of homeschooling groups, co-ops and like-minded people I started to feel like hey! I can do this and my husband was advocating even more for homeschooling than I was! Then my up and coming Kindergartner started begging to go to school, and I found out I was pregnant with my fourth child, and I started to shrink away. Just like that our homeschooling dreams were dashed. I felt like there was no possible way that we could do this, it was just too much I told myself.
And all of those groups I belonged to lifted me up and said yes! You can do this! And we had a neighbor move in across the street that homeschool’s. And I met IRL (in real life) with other moms who educated and uplifted and I realized I don’t have to do this alone. My Kindergartner got excited about homeschooling again and refused to go to public school. We got through our hurdles and we came out on top.
Homeschooling is NOT for everyone. Every family needs to make the decisions which are best for their family. For some that means having their kids attend a private school, a charter school or a public school. For some it’s a combination of homeschooling and private, or others may choose to have kids attend public school for elementary school and homeschool the rest of their education or vice versa. Whatever you choose, as long as it is inspired by the individual needs of your children and your family is the best choice.
I don’t really feel I’m at the level where I can offer advice yet. We just completed our test year with semi-positive results. But I will say if it’s something you have ever thought about or been curious about to research, research, research and don’t be afraid to ask questions! And also find some form of community because you WILL need support! Connect with groups on Facebook or find local support groups. Chances are if you have thought about it in the past or it’s been brought up to you there could be a reason and in the end it’s worth looking into. I’m so grateful to be starting this journey, and while I know it won’t be a perfect journey, I have faith it’s the right path for us.