Parenting

Greenest Pastures, by Genevieve

“I could never homeschool.”

“You must be such a patient person.”

“My kids would drive me crazy.”

I’ve been homeschooling for thirteen years now. I’m actually a rather impatient person.

I’m not really any crazier than I was before I started.

I keep at it, day after day, year after year because for me, the benefits far outweigh the sacrifices. I’m just going to say it: I’m crazy in love with my children… all of them. Even when life gets tough, there is no one on earth with whom I’d rather spend my days.

Every homeschooling family has challenges, and those challenges are unique to each family.

There is one aspect that hangs over my head like a cloud of dread. There is one fact that wakes me up at night, bathed in a cold sweat.

I am totally and completely responsible for my children’s education…me… just me.

The thought is absolutely terrifying. How can one person carry that much weight upon her shoulders?

Through the years, I’ve come to the startling realization that ALL parents are completely responsible for their children’s education.

I’m very lucky to know inspiring, amazing kids who have graduated from private and public schools. These kids are not just outstanding students and athletes. They are leaders in their schools and in their churches. They are role models for all who know them… even me. What do these traditionally-schooled students have in common with the young adults who have been successfully homeschooled?

One thing.

Their parents took complete responsibility for their education.

In their families, they might not have done math in their pajamas, but their parents tirelessly kept up with how the school was doing. When there was a problem, they talked to teachers, hired tutors, drove them to Kumon. They didn’t delegate all their authority and just assume that the experts had everything under control. I realize that these parents bear the same weight I do. That, like Atlas, we all carry our child’s world upon our shoulders.

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I understand that this pressure did not originate with my decision to homeschool, but rather with my children’s first breaths. So now, when the weight of this enormous task  starts to descend upon me, I simply remind myself that the grass isn’t really greener on the other side.

Genevieve   

Genevieveis a former public and private school teacher who has five children and has been homeschooling for the past thirteen years. In her free time she provides slave labor to Dancing Dog Dairy, making goat milk soap and handspun yarn, which can be seen on Our Facebook Page and at Dancing Dog Dairy .

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