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the price of freedom

I have my PhD research paper thesis topic in mind (assuming I do one some day…): “Senility in aging homeschooling parents: Does it decline with increased homeschooling years?” My hypothesis: the longer years we homeschool, the higher likelihood we have of developing neural networks in the adult brain; therefore, lower incidence of senility. Ok, so it’s a hypothesis.

I have long had issues recalling nouns, but I’m not at the typical age to question senility issues, yet. I can say assuredly that my neural networks have been continuously built throughout these homeschooling years. Homeschooling is mama learning and learning and learning right along with her children.

I have a higher tolerance for math problems these days. My brain is more math plastic. Math wasn’t intuitive, and school didn’t help clarify enough of it for me. I may have been the meme originator of “Math, solve your own problems”.

As many subjects as my children have been exposed to, I have been as well. Plate tectonics, ancient history, periodic table of elements, geology, forensic science, physics, Canadian history. This paragraph could be endless. And so are the topics that I have been learning over the last ten years.

Obviously I didn’t start homeschooling to increase my IQ or prevent dementia. One of the anticipated goals of homeschooling is that our kids would reap the benefit of a rounded, individualized, brain expanding education. Turns out, I get it too.

I primarily went into homeschooling for this one reason: freedom.

Freedom to choose my own schedule.

Freedom to tailor individual educations.

Freedom to spend time with my kids when I want to.

Freedom to create a family life on my own terms.

Freedom to create my own social system.

Freedom to travel at atypical times of the year.

Freedom to teach our kids our values.

And girlfriend, homeschooling has afforded us those things in spades.

Freedom comes at a cost though. The parenting experience is saturated, both the really good and the really challenging aspects. You know I don’t have to tell you this if you are a homeschooler. As a homeschooler, you intuitively understood the title of my blog. And I’ve had enough experiences with non-homeschoolers, that as soon as I began outlining the benefits to homeschooling, the non-homeschooler response has often been: “I would never do that,” because as I’ve been told more than a hundred times. “I’m not “something” enough.” Often I hear, “I’m not patient enough,” but you fill in the blank. Mmmm hmmm. I can most assuredly testify that my kids would agree: their mom isn’t patient enough either. But you know how you learn that? Lots of practice. I get lots and lots and LOTS of practice. There’s all sorts of things I get character training in actually.

But other than mama learning character at lightening speeds, or as I say, experiencing the ‘parenting on amphetamines’ phenomenon that homeschooling is, this homeschooling lifestyle is loaded with freedom. Baked in it. Sandwiched on both sides. Permeated with the osmolality of a water molecule dropped with gentian violet.

Homeschooling is saturated with freedom.

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