The reality of homeschooling is that it is not always easy. Many of us have days where we think, “Hey! Our children would probably be fine in school!”. But that feeling passes quickly, because we remember that homeschooling is first and foremost about our relationships with each other. That is always the lesson.
The reality of homeschooling is that it can be financially challenging due to loss of income, but we have chosen this path and we are happy in it. The reality is that some families would be financially better off if they were not homeschooling, but they would not be happier.
The reality of homeschooling is that it is often not until our oldest child goes through the nine-year change that we finally realize that we must do a better job to make time for ourselves without the children, and that we must do more than just give lip service to the idea that we must take care of ourselves.
The reality of homeschooling is that people may judge us for our decision, but they may also end up pleasantly surprised by how wonderful homeschooled children really are.
However, the reality of homeschooling is also that there are no guarantees for the future of our children because of homeschooling. We realize that homeschooling is not a way to isolate our children from the world nor so we have complete control over everything that will happen to them. All it guarantees is that we are all connected in love to meet whatever challenges may come our way.
The reality of homeschooling is that it takes time to find our path and be comfortable in our skin, because there are many ways to homeschool, and that homeschoolers often have very strong opinions as to how homeschooling should happen.
The reality of homeschooling is that you can homeschool as an isolated family, people do it all the time, but that many children really blossom in community.
The reality of homeschooling is that it takes a whole family. Everyone needs to help take care of the home, not just mother. Everyone needs to have chores and jobs and responsibilities. This is just true in family life. Mother cannot be all.
The reality of homeschooling is it is much easier if one has support – from one’s spouse or partner, from one’s community, from friends and family. The reality is that some of these people really cannot help us homeschool, but they make us better people and therefore better teachers since we are teaching in the essence of what we are.
The reality of homeschooling is that the good days need to outnumber the bad, because homeschooling should be pleasurable. If it is not, then we need to look at how we are doing things.
The reality of homeschooling is that it requires organization and time to plan. It makes life go so much better!
The reality of homeschooling is that it is an always evolving journey.
What are your realities of homeschooling?