Before I had kids I never once thought I would ever homeschool. Nor had I ever known anyone who homeschooled.
I often think that we cannot possibly homeschool another year. We originally planned for me to be a stay-at-home mother for one year. Remember, homeschooling was never part of the plan! Twelve years later I have to settle my nerves by saying to myself, ‘just one more year, make it the best!’
The prospect of going back to work is a bit ominous. My unpaid job as homeschooling Mom has had so many benefits – will I find something as rewarding? And there’s the resume gaps…..
99% of the time I feel very good about homeschooling, even though it often feels like swimming against the tide. 1% of the time I feel like it’s pure insanity and we’ll certainly regret it later.
I am thoroughly impressed with all the homeschooling parents I have met over the years. The amount of energy they expend and the level of creativity they exhibit astound me. Homeschooling is so cool because you really can tailor it to the needs of the child and family. When done well it’s a beautiful thing.