The following post is from contributing writer Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.
I‘ve got this great shirt that says, “I homeschool. What’s your superpower?”
It’s become pretty worn-out from regular wear as my homeschool mom uniform. It makes me smile when I wear it because I know that being a homeschool parent doesn’t really endow me with superpowers.
I wish it did, though. I could think of some superpowers that would be awesome to have.
Parents who don’t homeschool often think that homeschooling parents actually possess patience in great quantities, but that’s just not true. Just ask my kids.
I think it takes far less patience to homeschool than to do homework at night with a kid who goes to a more traditional school setting.
Homeschool parents don’t have to listen to, “But that’s not how Mrs. So-and-So does it” because, you know, we are Mrs. So-and-So. Well, unless your homeschooled kid goes to co-op or does video or online lessons, but that’s a whole different topic.
Let’s just suffice it to say that this homeschool mom doesn’t have any more patience than the average parent.
Super-speed could come in handy in so many different ways. We could whip dinner up in a flash — before the baby started crying and the toddler decorated the walls with Sharpie markers.
We could get one kid to art class, the other to ballet, and a third to soccer practice and still have time to get the baby down for his nap.
Even better, remember that scene in Superman (the Christopher Reeve version) where Superman flies around the Earth backwards to turn back time? Wouldn’t that be handy?
You could go back in time to before you bought the curriculum that was a flop with your kids.
You could go back in time and relive that really amazing family field trip.
Super-stamina would come in handy for those days when you stayed up way too late the night before writing lesson plans, checking schoolwork, or even just surfing online because you needed some downtime.
It would also be greatly appreciated this time of year when you’re thinking, “Do my kids really need three more weeks of education? Surely we’ve covered enough already and they’ll be just fine if we start summer break early.”
Or, maybe that’s just me.
I’d like super-vision so strong that I could see into the future. That way, I’d know before I purchased curriculum if it would be a good fit. I’d know that one kid would do really well with one math program while another would do much better with something different entirely.
And, I wouldn’t have those nights when I lie awake worrying about things like whether or not I’ve adequately prepared my kids for life after high school or if I’ve given them all the tools they need to pursue their passions.
Finally, there is invisibility. Tell me who wouldn’t want this super-power — especially an introvert who is with her children all day, every day.
I love my kids and I love being with them and, thankfully, mine are old enough that I can actually do things like go to the bathroom — and even the grocery store — alone.
Back in the day, though, when they were all younger, wouldn’t invisibility have been an awesome super-power for a homeschool parent?
Being a homeschool parent doesn’t really come with superpowers, but wouldn’t it be fun if it did? What superpowers would you want to have?