Over the past 8 years of homeschooling, I have heard a myriad of responses from people once they find out I’m a homeschool mom. Have you ever uttered one of these?
“I don’t have the patience”
“My children need time away from me”
“We would kill each other”
“I don’t feel qualified”
“I’m not homeschool mom material”
“I could NEVER do what you do”
“I’m not organized”
When I first started, I’ll admit, I had no idea what in the world I was doing. My son was 5 years old and we had fun, read books, played a bunch and whatever interested him we learned about. Guess what? That’s homeschooling guys! It’s not recreating school at home and making your child sit at a desk for hours on end. Children deserve the freedom to explore, play, read and pursue what interest them.
One of my favorite homeschooling books, The Call of the Wild and Free by Ainsley Armant says this:
“Childhood is not a time for enforced conformity but a time for freedom to learn and explore their interests at their own pace. Our kids have a pretty good idea of how they need to learn. We need only watch and follow their lead.”
“By giving our children an individualized education, we can move as quickly or as slowly through a subject as our children need. We can take time understanding their learning styles and passions.”
After 8 years of homeschooling I can tell you that it doesn’t all magically come together overnight. There are years that are hard and you feel like giving up. There are also some amazing sweet years that settle in between those hard years and make it all worth it. And it is worth it.
One of the things I consistently tell homeschool families is that you need a good support system. When my daughter was born prematurely at 29 weeks and spent months in the hospital, I relied greatly on my homeschool community to get us through. They brought food over, they watched the boys so I could meet with NICU doctors and one sweet mom brought me home from the hospital when I was discharged and my husband couldn’t be there. They poured into us and loved us through that time.
If you are searching, please reach out. This is why we are here, why I am posting. It is a joy for me to help others. What is it that is holding you back? How can we help?
Horizon Homeschooling Humanities Tutor