It’s time for another homeschool mom confession!
Are ya’ll enjoying reading these as much as I am? I just love knowing I’m not alone! I love knowing other homeschool moms aren’t perfect and share the same fears and failures I do.
I’m really excited to introduce ya’ll to today’s featured blogger, Laurie from Beyond My Blue Door. Laurie is a blogging friend and the first blog friend I ever got to meet in person. True story: I met my first blog friend wearing penguin pajamas, no make up, and wet hair.
Laurie Lyons is a mother to three grown kids. She is a women’s mentor, author and speaker. She loves connecting, inspiring and entertaining while encouraging people with her writing and videos.
After you read her list of homeschool mom confessions stop by her blog and say hello!
I am a retired homeschool mom.
I just finished my last year of homeschooling due to the inevitable, our kids grew up and the youngest child graduated. I have many confessions as a homeschool
mom and I feel the need to share them with you. Confession is good for the soul, right?
Here are my homeschool mom confessions in no particular order.
1. I loved homeschooling when the kids were little and we colored, and counted and learned to tie shoes, and read fun picture books. We cut and pasted and sang cute little songs that were meant to teach things worth remembering. We went on fun field trips and had educational play dates. High school, on the other hand, sucked. Where was the fun from the younger years?
2. I was never good at math. I hated teaching it once we got past multiplication and division. Who am I kidding? I hated it after addition and subtraction! I had to call in reinforcements. It took me several years to be okay with that. I thought I was supposed to be able to teach our kids everything they needed to know myself. Wrong!
3. I would cheat sometimes during read aloud time and skip whole paragraphs because, well…it was boring. I would even skim and sum it up in my own words. Parent fail. I was supposed to let them come to their own conclusions on whether it was boring or not. Who was I to judge?
4. I once yelled at our daughter out of total frustration because she kept forgetting those simple little words that appeared dozens of time throughout any book, as she was learning to read. She, unfortunately, remembers this incident well too.
5. My favorite day of the week became Wednesday and it had nothing to do with the hump. That was the day our kids took classes at a co-op. Oh yes, it was! I paid my monthly fees, dropped them off for the day and had a get-things-done kind of day, or whatever-I-wanted kind of day.
6. Our kids loved Wednesdays too because they got to hang with friends. Win!
7. I threatened to send our kids to school “NOW” on numerous occasions. I never did actually follow through with that.
8. Homeschooling was a lot harder than I originally thought it was going to be when we first started out. It was a lot of work, a major commitment and it got harder as the kids got older, on many levels.
9. My homeschool philosophy changed numerous times. I subscribed to the Charlotte Mason method of teaching for the most part, but when life got crazy (and it did on more than one occasion) I would venture into the unschooling philosophy for a season. It was all good. I learned to be okay with that because life does happen.
10. Those years of being with our kids, homeschooling day in and day out, were the best years of my life (no grandkids yet) and I would do it all over again in a second.
Homeschooling has changed a lot over the years.
It is definitely more accepted as a viable way to educate your children than when we first started our journey eighteen years ago. That doesn’t make it any easier, however. Choosing to home school your children is a huge commitment. I learned that “Never say never” was my friend the longer I homeschooled. I accepted that it was okay to redirect and question my decision to teach our children at home on a year to year basis, and even give our kids a choice when it came to their education during the high school years.
My main goals as a homeschool mom were 1) to give our kids life skills that would never fail them, 2) to help them understand that relationships were the most important thing ALWAYS and 3) to give them a love for learning that would continue throughout their entire lives.
Our kids are all young adults now and are proving to have learned those three lessons well as they apply them in their daily lives. Only time will tell if they carry on and teach these lessons to their own children.
Isn’t she lovely?
Which confession do you relate to most?
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