In the spirit of 'keeping it real'...and running the risk of inviting all kinds of negative comments, I thought I would branch out on the not-so-fun side of homeschooling today. Because so much has been said about the benefits, it's only fair and honest if someone exposes some of the things that are not a joy.
In no particular order:
1. Being around my kids 24/7. Don't get me wrong. I love my kids more than coffee ice cream. But there are days when we all just get tired of looking at each other.
2. Wearing the Mom Hat, the Teacher Hat, and the Principal Hat all at once. Some days it is tough to be Teacher Mom and give the bad marks on the writing assignment when at the same time, Loving Mom wants to be nice and give you a better grade because I saw how hard you worked on it.
3. Negotiating 'friend time', field trips, lessons, etc. There are times when I wonder if the amount of gas I have used hauling them around would pay for private school tuition.
4. Nagging self-doubt. Do I really need to explain this one? Even in small doses, it's always present.
5. Feeling overwhelmed by all the choices out there. Especially since high school is coming down the pike. Veritas? Classical Conversations? Two Day a Week Co-op? Private school? Online public school? Umbrella School? Aye aye aye. It makes my head spin.
6. Lack of money. Obviously one needs to be a stay at home mom to homeschool, or at least a part time employee. Sometimes I think "Would life be easier if I had a job with some extra income to pay for fun stuff? Or not even fun stuff, but great field trips, science curriculum, etc. And yes, I tire of saying to my kids "Sorry...we can't afford that."
So there are a few reasons why homeschooling can be not-so-fun.
Not that I would consider any of them big enough reasons to stop homeschooling though. The benefits far out weigh the negatives. And lets face it...homeschooling is a finite schedule. One day I will have all the time, money and gas I could ever want. Until then, I am keeping my eyes on the prize!