You probably already do homeschool but you’ve also probably realized by now how insanely hard it is (or can be) so I’ve made you a list of a *few* more reasons why it’s probably not a good idea.
10.) You’ll know the librarians by name and you’re so introverted.
This will be really hard on your mental health. Community and all, talking with other humans in public places when all you want is peace and quiet and a hot cup of coffee. I get it.
9.) You’ll have to take your children to the grocery store WITH you!
If you don’t have your groceries delivered, you might have to take them with you. People will give you looks, wonder why school is out, etc. Your kids will be telling the cashier all about the red-tailed hawk they saw that morning or how it’s almost the full Worm Moon. It’ll be awkward. Oh and almost everything in life will have a Little House reference.
8.) You’ll become accustomed to the Great Outdoors.
Negative ions, vitamin D, and fresh air, you’ll have to learn how to live in it all. And with all the incredible insects too! All that dirt they’ll be covered in is said to have natural antidepressant effects and healthy microbes but still, it’s so DIRTY!
7.) The siblings will fight! A LOT!
Yes. The siblings will have to learn how to be in relationship with one another. This could result in a lifetime of friendship, or not. It’s just one of those risks!
6.) You’re kids will learn cursive, how to read a clock, and possibly how to speak Latin.
But no one writes in cursive anymore, we have iPhones to tell us the time, and Latin is dead! Oh and things that will fascinate them might not be the latest trends in pop culture but instead whether or not you’ve read the ENTIRE Bible, seeing a Vermeer painting in REAL life, and the deer carcass they found in the woods. Gross.
5.) Your grocery bill will go up. Like way up.
You’ll have to feed them three square meals PLUS snacks. And it’ll be up to YOU which nutrient dense foods they’ll be getting. It’s going to be expensive!
4.) You might start to matter more than their peers.
Yikes. I mean having a secure attachment to a parent produces a wealth of benefits for their mental and emotional health but we want them to like their friends! Wait, they won’t have any friends because they’re home-schooled.
3.) You’ll work for free.
But you’re a mom so you’re accustomed, but still. A high grocery bill and no pay!? Hope you like rice and beans!
2.) You’ll have to relearn everything you forgot from your own schooling.
Oh man! All the hard stuff too! Darn. And the number one reason NOT to homeschool is…
1.) You’ll have to spend ALL day with your kids.
They’re growing so fast, you miss them when they’re gone but really? Yea, you’d have to be around them more. Every ridiculously cute thing they say, every new accomplishment, you’ll have to witness that.
If after reading all those terrible things about homeschooling, and you STILL decide it’s the best option for your family, then to you brave souls I would say: remember that with every single hardship, a seed of beauty is sown. With every dollar not made, a connection grows stronger. With every unscheduled quiet time, a childhood memory planted.
To you Brave Mama; you might be stretched and challenged in ways you never thought possible on this journey. But don’t you want to look back and know that you did your very best to protect and raise your children so that your heart and conscious align? Don’t you want to look back and know you did your very best to give them the education you know they deserve? Take heart, you’re on a good path, and you’re going to rock it.
Note: Friends, I know home education is not an option for everyone, I know I’m snarky from time to time, but please understand I mean this all in good fun. 😉 I simply want to cheer you on if you do homeschool, that’s all. Cheers!