You may ask why I am publishing this now. I am doing it because I still feel the same way, minus the anger. I think that it may help someone along the way that encounters the same thing when they make the decision to take the time and care to educate their children at home.
Well, this morning I got a taste of opposition about homeschooling. It was really bad too. I was so frustrated by the situation. It is almost impossible to argue a point with someone that has even less experience and knowledge than I do. I don't understand the thought processes of people that feel like they know both all the "other options" and all the outcomes. This is just beyond me. I am in no way claiming to know what I am getting into, but I do know that God is able to help us in what we are setting out to do. If I didn't think that He wanted us to do this I wouldn't even attempt it. My own mother wasn't this set against it.
Of course most of their argument was about socialization, when I put that to rest it was about the lack of maturity of homeschoolers. I thought that was the dumbest thing that I'd ever heard. So you are going to tell me that you think that children are immature from being exposed to a larger range of age groups as opposed to hanging out for 6+ hours with children that are all the same age. Our children's lives are made richer by being around different people of different ages, just like we are made richer by those experiences. The other thing that she said was that "they just need to learn to deal with negative situations, because after all we survived them." Yes, we did survive, but you couldn't pay me to do it all again. I realize that it is the societal norm to not deal with our kids all day everyday, but it doesn't mean that it is the norm everywhere. It also is not the norm for a husband and wife to work from home in part to prevent their niece and nephew from having to attend daycare, but we do it because it is important to us. Yes, we all need a break and I have to say that we don't get many, but lately we actually have fun with the children. Why/How? We had a change in attitude. I have noticed that time is flying by. Our children are getting so big. We can never get this time back and that is important to us. No, our parents didn't homeschool, but does that mean that we shouldn't. We all try to do what we think is best for our children and that should be okay. Again I say that we can do this.
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