When meeting a new acquaintance, people often ask what I do?
When I answer, I homeschool my kids, I am often met with curious looks. Instinctively, I want to defend, explain myself, all the merits and benefits and freedoms to homeschooling.
And I do. But there are downsides to homeschooling too. There are disadvantages.
Non-homeschool parents know it intuitively, as their jaws drop to discover I homeschool.
The look on their faces often tell me, she is NUTS.
They might think I’m nuts because…
- The kitchen floor never stays clean,
- I get to see a lot more kid arguing and complaining,
- I get to see my ugly side more often,
- I don’t get to be in my home alone, let alone the bathroom…
- The bathroom always looks like a college dorm bathroom.
- I own too many books and they are everywhere.
- I spend my waking hours relearning math concepts.
- There is always a homeschool experiment on the kitchen table.
- There is a rats’ nest of erasers, pens, markers, scissors, Lego, or Barbie shoes tucked in the sofa (and hither and yon).
- No one ever knows where the scissors are (oh right, they are under the sofa cushions).
- Computer toner is always on the “to purchase” list.
- I have to learn to multitask my thoughts, because I’m usually thinking my thoughts and listening to someone else’s.
Would the non-homeschooling mom be right? Yup, sometimes.
There are definitely those days that make homeschooling seem like a less-than-happy making life choice.
But we also know that we get to enjoy all the freedoms, the upside of homeschooling.
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