Written by Hannah Vanderpool of Praying with One Eye Open
I’ve noticed something about my fellow homeschoolers. As a family’s kids get older, the parents tend to get quieter online, at least where homeschooling is concerned.
It’s probably not because they’ve run out of ideas for how to incorporate science into their teenagers’ days, or because there aren’t plenty of funny one-liners they could report.
It’s probably because those of us with older kids sense that our teens need increased privacy, and that, before long, their educational journeys in our homes will come to an end.
And, anyway, if we think about it, we’re just glad blogs didn’t exist when we were their age.
I’m one of those moms who felt like there was plenty to discuss when I was homeschooling 5-, 6-, and 7- year-olds. But now that my husband and I have a teenager, I suddenly feel at a loss for what to add to the online conversation.
There are stories I can’t tell these days — struggles that will stay between our own four walls out of respect for my kids.
The truth is that when I talk about homeschooling now, I end up talking about me, not math. I write about how I hope all the years at home have served my kids well, hoping I’ve done enough of this or that, or that I’ve said enough “I’m sorrys.”
Will the future be kind to me, I wonder, as I see this strange and sweet chapter nearing its last few pages?