My husband and I have made what is apparently still a countercultural decision; we’ve decided to homeschool. I have had a variety of interesting conversations with parents recently when they find out about our decision. The most interesting, I think, is when they tell me there is no way they could homeschool. It’s interesting to me, because in each time I hear this I stop and ask myself, “Did I ask you if you would ever want to homeschool?” The answer is usually no, and I’ve concluded that people just need to say that in order to clarify to me that I’m either crazy or they have some need to explain themselves and defend why they don’t homeschool. Either way, I’m not concerned with what my neighbors’ schooling choices are, as I’m too busy trying to figure out my own.
So far we’ve homeschooled for about a month, one week being Spring Break and another being an out-of-town work trip for my husband on which we tagged along. So I’m sure we haven’t really experienced “real life” as a homeschooling family.
I’ve created an ongoing mental list of pros and instead of cons, just things I still need to figure out. Overall I’m so grateful we’ve made the choice to bring our kids home, even if I spend half the day trying to figure out how to convince them that they do actually have to do their assignments and no, I can’t send them to the principal’s office.
The beauties so far:
Some things I’m still trying to figure out:
I’m sure it’s a work in progress and hopefully I’ll have years to perfect it. Until then, I’ll just keep working to figure this whole life change out. I’m grateful to my local homeschooling moms who have reached out to offer their guidance. I am constantly reminded that it takes a village to raise a child.
Copyright 2016 Courtney Vallejo