I generated a lot of controversy on Facebook a few weeks ago. I had no idea what I posted was going to stir up so many feelings… I was just sharing my TRUTH about homeschooling.
Let’s be very clear: this blog is a place for HOMESCHOOL encouragement. If I wanted to show the merits of traditional education I would be writing a blog about sending your children to school. That, however, is not the case.
We abandoned the ideal of public school ten years ago.
Believe me when I tell you I was invested in the public schools. I desperately wanted them to work for my children. I wanted to maintain the pie-in-the-sky ideal that an involved parent can make a big difference in their child’s public education.
I couldn’t, however, sacrifice my children for an ideal.
(and I don’t think you want to, either)
These homeschool truths have been discovered through a lot of trial and error, a lot of tears, and many days of wanting to quit.
They have also been discovered through countless days of joy, endless “aha” moments, and times of great learning and wonder.
I’m at the end of the homeschool road with my oldest, and I want to shout from the rooftops how YOU CAN DO THIS. You can teach your children at home - and (like any school situation) it won’t be perfect, but it will be beautifully hard and definitely worth all of your effort and sacrifice.
Feel free to Pin, share, and print these thoughts. I hope they get you through your hard days. (check out my Instagram for lots more of this, too!)
Don’t forget our entire community at Homegrown Learners is cheering for you and your success
I can’t imagine what our lives would have been like if I’d sent these children to be in a school for most of their waking hours of their childhood.
I am full of gratitude for this life of learning and discovery we have been blessed to live.
Homeschooling matters. Don’t ever forget that. Your worst day at home is worth more than their best day in school.
Homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint. You’re in this for the long haul. Some miles will be easier than others… but you are still making progress.
When people tell me, “I could NEVER homeschool!” I simply reply, “Oh, I bet you could! If you want something badly enough, you will be surprised what you can accomplish!”
You are homeschooling YOUR children. Comparing your homeschool to anyone else’s is a waste of precious time. You chose this lifestyle because you wanted something different. Don’t try to be like other homeschoolers.
When homeschool days are tough, remember this one thing: You are the best advocate for your child. You love and know them better than anyone else. Homeschooling is a precious gift.
You’ve got this - I know you do!