I am so excited to finally be able to share that I’ve been invited to be a contributing writer at Real Life at Home, a momma blog dealing with practical living, real life homeschooling, and domestically challenged motherhood. Here’s a sneak peak at today’s post Seven Things I’m NOT Saying When I Tell you I Homeschool My Kids which can be read in it’s entirety at Real Life at Home.
This August, we tried something crazy and amazing and incredibly terrifying.
We started homeschooling our five-year-old for Kindergarten.
In many ways it felt like we were walking off a cliff. Literally. Educationally. Socially. Having both attended public school through twelfth grade, not only was this idea completely outside the realm of normal for my husband and I, it was completely outside the realm of normal for everyone we knew.
While we’ve been met with tremendous amounts of support from the people who matter most in our lives, it’s been hard for me to shake that feeling of different every time the word homeschool comes up. I totally get it. It just makes for some awkward conversation.
I’ve been on both sides of this fence.
At first it wasn’t that I felt different; it was that I felt judged.
For a very long time I thought homeschool was a less than great idea. The people I knew who made this choice for their families just rubbed me the wrong way every time they laid out all the reasons why homeschool was the best, the only, the right option for their child (and every other child they made it seem). I may have said I would never, ever homeschool because of these less than encounters.
Until my oldest was getting closer to starting kindergarten in a public school that was less than what we hoped.
My husband and I talked extensively and weighed our options. We researched and considered possibilities until it became clear homeschooling our oldest might be the best choice for our family after all.
I wasn’t completely on board until I started meeting families, talking with moms, and even adults who had been homeschooled as children, who completely shattered the reservations of my heart that had been built up over the years. These families very openly demonstrated to me that homeschool is not a one-size-fits-all, or the end-all-to-all-be-all. They were honest about their struggles and joys, their questions, what they loved, what they might do different the second time around, and they helped me believe there could be much good through this journey for my kids. And for me.
I needed someone to tell me what they were NOT saying when they told me they homeschool their kids to help me find my own perspective. Maybe you can relate.
Now these are the things I’m NOT saying when I tell you . . .
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