Happy Not Back to School: Homeschool Encouragement

Monday was the first day of public school where we live. Yes, already! Can you believe it? Of course, it wasn’t our first day of homeschool, because learning never really stops around here. 😉

Anyways, I LOVE the first day of public school. Honestly I am downright giddy about it. I feel like a kid skipping school. Not that I ever did that to know the feeling, of course. ?

Not every homeschool mama is doing the happy dance this week, however. All the back to school posts on social media leave some feeling sad and left out. How about you?

Ever feel pangs of envy when you see photos of kiddos with shiny new backpacks, hopping on the big yellow bus? Or perhaps you catch yourself wistfully wondering what it’s like to have SIX WHOLE HOURS to yourself? 😉

Of course, public school moms get their perks too! Sure, when my kids went to public school, there were things about it I enjoyed. But in the end, it just wasn’t a fit for our family.

If you’re already homeschooling, I bet you put a lot of thought into it too. You weighed all the benefits and drawbacks and decided home education was the best fit for YOUR family. That doesn’t mean you will never doubt yourself again, but there’s also no need to wallow in thoughts that don’t benefit your purpose. ? (Furthermore, comparing your real life to someone else’s social media life is a sure way to feel crappy about everything, so just don’t even go there.) ?

If you’re feeling sad, remind yourself of why you chose this path. Then, celebrate what makes homeschooling awesome!

Like…

  • Letting growing kids sleep as long as they need to. ?
  • Making pancakes and eggs when you would be rushing for the bus. ??
  • Plenty of time for kids to explore their talents. ??
  • Teaching your children things they will use in real life. ?????
  • Freedom to travel. ✈️??
  • Empty pools for the rest of August! ??

What other benefits can you think of?

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Personally, the first day of public school reminds me how grateful I am. I am thankful to have the freedom to choose what method of education is best for my children. I know not everyone in the world has that freedom, and many who technically have that independence don’t give themselves the autonomy to take advantage of it. Also, I know we may not always have these privileges to this extent, which makes me contemplate how we can make the most of the time we have with our little ones. You could say that the first day of public school is my personal Independence Day, that I celebrate in my own head. ?

In conclusion, it’s a new year and a new chapter in our lives that WE get to write. Exciting!!! What will you design for your family this year? 🙂

Comments

  1. Let’s see. In addition to the things you mentioned, I offer the following benefits of homeschooling:

    – There is zero chance my child will be raped, molested or groped by teachers, staff, students or bus drivers
    – No Muslim apologist studies
    – No socializing with disobedient, disrespectful, disruptive kids whose behavior is tolerated because of political correctness
    – No “Heather has two mommies” “diversity” brainwashing
    – No sex Ed that borders on pornography and which teaches debased practices
    – No dumbing down of curriculum to avoid making the dumb kids/underachievers/lazy feeeeeeel bad
    – No indoctrination of evolution, atheism, man-hating feminism, socialism, cultural Marxism
    – No teachers encouraging my kids to keep secrets from their parents, asking probing questions about home life
    – No bullying, physical abuse or religious persecution

    Not to put too fine a point on it. Or anything. 😉

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