As a homeschooler, when you see me in public you will likely see one to five of my children at my side. It doesn’t matter if it is 10:00am on a Wednesday at the grocery store, or 11:30am at a busy doctors office. The kids are always with me.
What baffles me is the reaction of the adults we come in contact with during our day.
Many are dumbfounded that I am wearing ironed clothes and have my hair styled. Most think I should be going crazy.
My kids Do Not Drive Me Crazy.
(most of the time)
I always have 1-5 children (ages 8-20) at my side no matter where I go. They are my buddies. I am blessed beyond words!
I find my children to be amazing individuals. Unique, creative, and interesting.
I want to spend time with my boys. They are quirky, fun and entertaining.
I love being the one who gets to hear about all those crazy ‘imaginings of childhood’. Why should I be in the dark about what brings them joy?
I appreciate that my boys work side by side with me to manage our home. They understand that we are a team.
Family is the focal point of my children’s life.
My kids spend their time around people of different age groups and can readily relate to almost anyone. They are a joy to be around.
I spend so much time with my kids that they are not clingy and needy.
I do not feel like I am missing out on their childhood. I am there to witness the quality moments encapsulated in the quantity of time.
If my kids are hurting, they come to me. They know I can be trusted.
If my kids are afraid, they come to me. They know that I will reassure them.
My children do not question my desire to be a part of their lives.
I am “all in”.
Why Do Children Drive Their Parents Crazy?
They are not used to having their children around them; they are usually at school or daycare.
The heart of their kids life is lived out away from them.
During the school day, kids laugh, cry, and are amazed.
At the end of the day parents ask their kids, “What did you do today?”
The kids say, “Nothing.” They do not know how to relate to each other.
With working parents, public school, and extra-curricular activities. Families shuffle from one destination to the next, often marinated in tension because the kids cannot find their shoes, backpack, or sports equipment. Families are fuelled with anxiety.
Children capitalize on their parents time. They need attention. When parents and their kids live their lives away from each other all day, they try to squeeze in their quality time. You rarely get quality time without quantity time. While special moments can be created, spontaneous moments are missed.
They do not know their kids the same way that they would if they spent all their time together. This is a quantity thing. Best friends seek each other out. They invest their best in each other. Next to our spouses, our children should get the most of us.
School is the focal point of the child’s life.
Kids spend most of their time surrounded by kids their own age, so they do not readily relate to people of other age groups.
They believe “me time” is essential for daily living. (I believe “we time” is essential. So do my kids)
I think our society has been seriously misled. Our children should not be shuttled off to a classroom where they are surrounded by their peer group and force fed information that does not inspire them to learn more.
I know that homeschooling is not for everyone. Honestly, homeschooling is hard. Very hard.
Parents should do everything they can to refocus their kids so that family is the center, not school. This may mean turning off the tv, quitting sports, and renting a rv. I think that kids need to know their parents are “all in”. It may take some convincing, but our kids need this!