I have seen so many articles floating around lately about the millions of reasons to homeschool, and while I do agree that there are many advantages to homeschooling, it really all boils down to one reason for me…
Yes, homeschooling gives us time together as a family. It allows us to learn and explore together, and it gives my kids the opportunity to advance (or stay back when needed); but those aren’t the reasons I do it. The real reason is I know it’s right for my family.
When we were thinking about school options for my oldest, I tried to get her into several charter schools including a Montessori school. And she didn’t make it into a single one. I promised my husband that if that happened, I would homeschool her. But I never thought that would be the case. I mean, everyone else I know got their kids into at least one school. Then I prayed about it, and I genuinely knew that this is what I am supposed to do. I don’t always know why, and heaven knows I want to quit sometimes, but it’s right; and that’s the real reason.
When I first started homeschooling, I was really insecure about it. It really is crazy! I looked up every advantage and statistic, and I would blurt it all out frantically if I felt anyone gave me a funny look about it, but I have since grown more comfortable, and I don’t feel the need to do that anymore. Yes, it’s still crazy, but I have a beautiful life and the crazy helps keeps it interesting.
Now when I tell people I homeschool, I am unapologetic about it. I simply tell them, and I answer any questions, and I politely deflect any criticism. I know it’s the right thing, and not very often in my life am I so sure, so I go with it.
Homeschooling is crazy and hard and it can be lonely, but it has also shaped me into more of the person I should be. My kids are becoming whoever they want to be, and that is the most amazing thing of all!