I wish I woke up every day inspired and energized and eager to teach my children all the wonderful things I want them to learn.
But I don’t.
I wish my kids woke up each day with bright smiles and thankful hearts, grateful for the sacrifices we make to educate them at home.
But that doesn’t happen.
I wish my house was always the perfect learning environment–free of distractions, equipped with all the latest technologies, and adorned with the most beautiful teaching aids.
But it isn’t.
I wish we were able to buy every homeschooling material I want and take every homeschooling field trip I desire to take.
But we can’t.
And I wish my children could learn everything I hope to teach them and excel above all their peers in every subject.
But that doesn’t always happen.
Homeschooling isn’t perfect. It doesn’t always work the way I want it to and I don’t always enjoy doing it and my children aren’t always the perfect students.
I love homeschooling and believe in it firmly, but I’d rather paint a realistic image of homeschooling than try to convince the world it’s a beautiful, seamless experience every day. The sooner the homeschooling mom or the thinking-about-homeschooling mom recognizes that fact, the better for mom and child alike. False expectations lead to quick burnout.
Because as homeschoolers, there are those days when…
…you spend your day wondering when, if ever, you will again have a day ALONE.
Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. It’s tough. Really tough. Yet I continue with it because the benefits so outweigh the negatives. There are rough days, yes, but there are also the days when…