Of course I don’t mean that only nutjobs homeschool, because then of course, I would be implying that I myself am one.
Well, maybe I am and I just don’t know it.
Making the decision to homeschool was one of the most difficult I’ve yet to make as a parent. There is such a stigma surrounding the whole process, and in talking to people, I found that many had the impression that people who homeschooled were sort of odd, or anarchist-leaning, or crazy, or religious, or some sort of combination of all four.
But the reality is that there are as many types of families who homeschool as there are in any school setting. It would be nice and easy to label homeschooling families as nuts or weirdos, but I’ve found in my dealings with the homeschooling community that there aren’t really many of those around. It is entirely possible that I haven’t been looking hard enough, though.
For whatever reason, the formal school system wasn’t working for their children and their families, and so they decided to be proactive about it. Say what you will about homeschoolers, but they are obviously not an apathetic bunch.
I cannot even begin to tell you how our lives are different now that we are homeschooling the Munchkin. The freedom that this type of situation brings to a family is amazing. To say that I am stress-free would not be true, as I have a toddler after all, but I am actually much less stressed than when he was attending school.
I must admit that I am fortunate to have a student who “gets it” on the first try. There is not a whole lot of explaining to do when it comes to math or reading, and when we hit a bump in the road we quickly address it, conquer it, and move on. I have a newfound appreciation for how special and unique my son is, and even if he decides to go back to regular school next year, it will have been worth it just for that alone.
So if you are on the fence about homeschooling, I would seriously advise you to give it a try. You just might like it.