Once upon a time, I was going to have 5 angelic children and home-school (HS) them all!
THEN I was pregnant and sick for 40 weeks straight.
THEN I was diagnosed with Postpartum depression and anxiety.
THEN I just knew I’d NEVER have another child.
THEN I was pregnant and sick again.
BUT the second time around my PPD was under control and really began to love being a mommy. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve always loved being a mom, but now my love is gentle and pure — not tainted by anxiety and obsession (if that makes any sense).
I’ve told my friends that if I EVER, say I wanted to home-school, STOP me! I know myself all to well. When I plan against
something anything chances are it’s going to happen (ie. failed birth plans x 2).
Here I am STRONGLY considering homeschooling my 4-year-old son. I mean, we have taken him out of school before. Regardless, I really can’t believe it, but it’s going to happen.
So…why in the world would I want to home-school?
I’m not a crunchy mom, I planned to be but … no. I’m a Christian but that too, wasn’t a deciding factor.
Understand I have many reasons for HSing but these were my two deciding factors:
1) I really love being with my child! Next year he will be in Pre-K (the perfect time to give homeschooling a try),
he’s four. He has gone to “pre-school” for a couple of years but at MOST 9 hours a week. And now all of a sudden he would be away for EIGHT, 8, OCHO hours a day! FIVE, 5, CINCO day a week?!
That would mean the my boy would spend more time with and being influenced by strangers each day than his very own family (I’m referring to the time he is awake). I guess I could sit by his bed all night with a flash light and stare at him?
I love our daily adventures. Experiencing the wonder in his eyes… Different parks (so many parks!), splash pads, zoo, library story times, museums, gardens, creeks and play dates with our friends. Or just those cozy days at home.
2) I’ve enjoyed witnessing his “firsts”, and I don’t want it to stop now. I am a stay at home mom, I’m available all day everyday for my children (with exception of date nights and mommy time) and I want to be there when something “clicks” for him! I want to be a part of that! 😕
No matter how wonderful the school district or how great the private school, the above wouldn’t change. There are many other reasons for wanting to HS, and I’ll share those as well. But these are my top two!
I am so very excited and very nervous. To me it’s a big, huge, gigantic decision, and I have my fears. But…Nevertheless I shall persist 😉.
Disclaimer: We may totally HATE HSing. I don’t know what’s to come. I am not holier than thou, believing that my way is the right and only way 🙂
So, tell me! Are you considering HSing your child/ren? Have you already decided? What were your deciding factors.
See you later!