Today Mr. Bond the Science guy once again made an appearance at Open Play. And once again, I did my homework in a side room while the girls participated in the activities. This was even after Josh had given me the morning off to sleep in and do homework.
The girls made (and shot) these rockets during science hour while I hunkered down in the ol’ homework cave. If you are reading this blog, and wondering if you can work, or go to school, or single parent, etc. while homeschooling, the answer is YES.
But it isn’t easy.
I wondered about this before homeschooling this year. I didn’t know how I’d manage music work, full-time college, and parenting, let alone homeschooling. It is most definitely a FULL plate. It is demanding. It is hard.
I’ve had to gain mad organizational skills. I have had to employ the help of my already very involved and helpful co-parent. I have leaned heavily upon my friends, both within the homeschool community and outside of it.
And with much gratitude and humility, I have watched other moms (whether directly in my community or in the blog/web world) homeschool through terminal illness, singleness, financial crisis, etc. I figured if they could do it, I could do it—and if I can do it, anyone most certainly can.
However, that isn’t to say that everyone should homeschool or that it is the right choice for every child or every family. I am constantly encouraged and inspired by ALL my mama friends. Friends who sacrifice time and sleep to wake early and make breakfasts, pack lunches, and somehow still get their littles to school on time. Mamas who advocate for their neighborhood schools. Mamas (and daddies) who camp out all night for a spot in the local magnet school. And especially the sweet, smart, courageous ladies who taught my girls in public school.
Let’s stop judging or attacking each other for our choices; Lord knows parenting is hard enough. Let’s support each other in the most important choice we make–the choice to love our children.
One thing I’m certain of: in the end, no philosophy can raise our children. No educational method can tell them they are loved. That is up to us.
And just so you know, I have many, many moments where I break down and cry and wonder if I’m doing the right thing. I am not more capable than anyone else. But like so many of y’all, I’m just a mom who is trying to do the best thing for the family God gave to me.