The following is a guest post written by Christine Mills of Hartlyn Kids.
My husband is always the one with a grand idea–from passionate thoughts about becoming the millionaire next door to HGTV worth decorating tips.
But this one regarded a child we hadn’t even had yet.
“I think homeschooling might be the way we should go.” He proudly shared one day.
‘Homeschooling?’ I remember thinking to myself.
I envisioned a socially inept group of children with mothers hovering nearby, wearing mom jeans, overalls, and shapeless dresses. I immediately put up my defense. I rattled on about the “social skills” issue and smothering our kids by forcing them to be home all day.
However, I didn’t include the other truly pertinent issue that arises with homeschooling, a level of sacrifice. What gave him the right to think that I wouldn’t want to pursue my goals, dreams and passions. Yes, in parenting there is a level of sacrifice, but with homeschooling, I’d be obligated to plan each day’s lesson, frequent museums, zoos, story time sessions and so much more.
What about maintenance of the house? Who will make sure the house is suitable to live in with a family and to entertain guests? As my husband daydreamed about the possibility of homeschooling our soon-to-be brood of tottering children, I nursed a headache.
Then the inevitable occurred. I became pregnant and gave birth to a smart, vivacious little girl. I had grown up around educators and even worked in a preschool for many years, but I was not prepared for how impressed I became with watching a child of my own.
I realized that children by nature love to learn, but something happens as they grow up. They realize it’s not “cool” to want to challenge your intelligence or read a 500 page book for fun. They learn that boys are good in math and science and girls are good readers and writers.
They learn that school is boring.
My husband continued to talk about homeschooling and I realized I was less defensive. Soon I was the one checking out stacks of books at the library and visiting homeschooling blogs on a daily basis.
I realized that there are many faces of homeschoolers. No, the kids are not socially inept and the parents can be just as fashionable as the next mom. I also grew excited about learning with my child. I knew deep down that I may not be perfect, but I have a lot to offer.
With love and an understanding of my child’s capabilities we both can soar through this homeschooling journey.
Is there anyone else out there who came to homeschooling somewhat reluctantly?