It has been almost three months since my family started homeschooling. No surprise that making this change has erased some major stresses in our home.
No more crying about school.
No more negotiating about homework.
No more wondering if the day is going to fall apart even before it begins.
Trust me, I am extremely grateful for the disappearance of these things. It had been so long since the pressure started building that I truly didn’t know what it would feel like when we turned down the heat. No homework tears will do that. It will remind you that the hours between after school and bedtime can be enjoyable again!
Some aspects of homeschooling are far easier than I thought. As an experienced teacher with a MA in Curriculum Development, I understand the work. I know how to plan and extend lessons that are math and science and reading. I know how to find ways to include art, music and exercise. My biggest weakness is actually the part that I was warned about.
I’ve never been the type of mom that is drawn to the evening cul-de-sac conversations. If I look down the street and see a small gang of parents talking and laughing with their kids using sidewalk chalk and riding bikes, I will pretend to get a call on my cell phone or walk the other way to get the mail that I may or may not have already brought in. This might be surprising to those of you that know me in real life; I have led a pretty socially demanding job as an elementary teacher for 20+ years and I can be fun at a party especially with my favorite friends Mac and Jack.
I’m just saying.
This socialization issue can be a challenge because my son is happiest being a hermit at home. He isn’t begging to see kids or meet new friends. Add me to the mix and you have two hermits doing home school which can be quiet, and even isolating. We can go awhile before we feel the need to see someone else during the day.
With summer vacation less than thirty days away, I have already started thinking about how I will push us out of our comfort zone and our cave back into the land of living with others. We will need to purposely set out to socialize at least a couple of days a week.
This weekend we have a play date set up with a friend from the school days and a Lego camp is already been arranged for June. I know it can be done, but it takes an effort.
What do you think is the hardest part about home schooling or parenting?