Every day, week, month and year we are all around others who do not homeschool. I admit it…I did not homeschool from the beginning. We talked about it…but, then, fear set in. That question of “Can I really do this? Do I really have what it takes?” A few of my friends were homeschooling, but for the most part, a majority sent their children to school.
This was our way of life. Until, we decided to take our daughter out after Kindergarten. We decided to bring her home….purchased the curriculum and then…I put her back on the bus! Yep…I sure did. I had so many people telling me she’d be ok, their kids went to school, she would miss out….and there was NO way I could handle homeschool…after all, what would I do with our (then) three year old. How could I handle both of them…and our oldest’s schedule in public school. Not to mention the fact, a couple of people I knew who had decided to homeschool…had decided not to….for many of the same reasons….. So, I sent her back. For a full week…..I sent her back…and from the very first day, I remembered why I did it and I realized…I had been listening to others, not the voice of truth that was speaking to me. So, she did not go back after that first week…and 8 weeks later, our oldest son came home.
Our days are filled with laughter…and well, you know, other sounds that accompany children in life. We can choose to dwell on the ‘not-so-good’ or push forward through encouragement and lift each other up! The not-so-good days…are well..even worse without a community of families that come together to encourage….and that is what we want to do, here!
We all homeschool for different reasons. Yet, here at the Hip Homeschool Moms, we come together and encourage others through those good and well…the not-s0-good days.
How did you make the decision to homeschool? Did you always know you would homeschool?
Did you start to…then….decide not to…only to come back to homeschooling? Share your stories here with us!
Leave a comment…tell others and share some encouragement.
Rebecca is a Hip Homeschool Moms Senior Team Member and blogs at Mom’s Mustard Seeds