Well… no. When I envisioned my life with children, I’ll be honest… homeschooling never crossed my mind. I did consider it though for a nano second when my 3 year old was about to enter pre-school. I thought… “I could homeschool him.” Like most Moms I talk to or meet on the street, the thought was quickly followed by a no… I can’t. I will have no life! I will not be able to go and run errands while my kids are in school. I’ll never be able to get my nails done or get groceries without interruption!
So let’s fast forward about 4 years. The school system is broken. Let’s be honest. After months of research and consideration, we felt it was the best decision for our family. Turns out, I actually feel bad I didn’t start out homeschooling. Sure, I’m happy that my two oldest were able to “experience” a school setting for a couple of years. I mean… they can’t say they don’t know what it feels like to be in a classroom with 30 other kids. It’s not lollipops and rainbows here. Most days I’m yelling and feel like a drill sergeant when it comes to getting all work done. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world. We’re a very close family and my kids are thriving in their studies. I don’t have a life either. All appointments (doctors, hair, etc.) are done with all my kids in tow. I’ve got them hanging off the cart like monkeys in the grocery store. Nails? Who’s got time for nails. I’m lucky if I remember to shower most days or use the bathroom. But this is what works for us. I can confidently say that they are getting the best education because it’s coming from me and my husband. They are amazing kids and as biased as that may sound, I’m reminded of it daily on the street. So if you’re contemplating homeschooling, know it’s not a walk in the park. It’s hard. You’ll always question if you’re doing enough. You’ll need to take breaks and that’s ok!! Just go with the flow. No one knows your family better than you do.