I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
Homeschooling isn’t easy.
Anyone who tells you it is, is just trying to make you feel better. (Or, trying to fool themselves.)
Homeschooling may be a philosophy, a lifestyle choice, and indeed may be incorporated into daily living.
But I can’t lie — it’s a full-time job.
With great power comes great responsibility. You know the quote.
As the result, homeschool moms (and sometimes dads) can lose it.
There. I’ve said it.
In the interest of being transparent, I’m telling it like it is.
And, on those days…you know, the ones that push you to the brink…I give you permission:
- To blow off a little steam;
- To scream a little, even threaten the school bus; and
- To pack it in (at least for a little while anyway).
You also have my permission to:
- Tell anyone you like to mind their own business. These are your kids and nobody else’s. If you’re doing the very best you know how, and just don’t want to hear it, you have my permission to say, “Thank you very much for your opinion, but we’re doing very well, thank you.”
- Not answer the door or pick up the phone. You are busy doing good things. Why let others interrupt what could be a perfect day?
- Not hang around people who bring you down, or who disagree with what you do. What’s the point? Surround yourself with those who understand you, who allow your kids to speak and be around you, and who appreciate you for what you are trying to accomplish. Why subject yourself or your children to anyone (family or otherwise) who tries to change your mind?
I give you permission to:
- Sleep until 10. Even noon if the baby kept you up all night.
- Never learn a word of Latin in your life.
- Buy bread at a grocery store. And cookies. And even cow’s milk. No place is it written that homeschoolers need to keep bees and milk goats. If you want to — bravo. But, if you don’t, you have my permission to buy everything at Walmart.
- Print free lessons off the Internet if you want to. Not everything needs to be perfect, or homemade, or name brand.
- Plop them in front of the TV or a computer once in a while. Just try to pick something good to watch or play.
And, finally, accept my permission to:
- Take a day off.
- Cry if you need to.
- Soak in a tub if you can, for as long as you can.
- Eat cake for breakfast.
- Let the kids eat cake for breakfast. (As long as they have an apple with lunch.)
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