I must say that I do not regularly join in blog parties, but I decided to join in one now through Simple Homeschool. Currently, SImple Homeschool is asking bloggers to write about their hardest part of homeschooling. Besides the obvious things of teaching three different “grades,” three different learning styles, three different personalities and trying to maintain a household, I find going against the mainstream to be my hardest part of homeschooling.
There is a general chaos in the area that we live in. For most people, the chaos appears to be the normal. People are up before the sun waiting on buses. Cars with only one person per car are buzzing up and down the roads and highways trying to get to work on time. Restaurants are filled each evening with families and people trying to get a quick meal before the evening activities. Or people are eating late in the evening after the activities. Everyone around us appears to be rushing.
In addition to the chaos of schedules, comes the planning. What sports are your children playing? Do you plan to go back to work? What do your kids want to do when they grow up? What does your husband do?
I enjoy our town and our community. The surroundings are beautiful. We are in the southern United States. We live in a meat and potatoes, drive around to everything, go to work and school type of area. In the end, where do we as homeschooling, vegetarian, gluten-free, outdoorsy people fit in to this community? We are the fish swimming up stream. I am not trying to teach my children to be rebels or that different is better. I am trying to teach my children to stand up for their beliefs in a respectful way and to be true to themselves. Sometimes, this means swimming against the current which takes strength, courage, grace, patience and respect.
I love our life. I love our choices. I love that we get the opportunity to sit and observe nature. We are lucky enough to take our time with projects and to get lost in our imaginary worlds. I do not believe that everyone should homeschool, but I do think all kids should get the opportunity to be kids without the schedules and planning. I do think that we should all be able to sit and enjoy a meal. We should all get to know each other for ourselves and not for our careers.
Before we homeschooled, I was unaware of the chaos. The chaos was my normal. My job defined who I was. After school activities and finding the best school for our kids were my main concerns. Homeschooling opened my eyes to the insanity that exists around me. Going against the mainstream can be lonely and tough.
(Please know that I do not mean to offend anyone with this post. I know how lucky that I am to be able to homeschool. And I know that I get to homeschool because of my husband who lives in the daily chaos.)