I Could Never Homeschool My Kid(s)

“I don’t know how you homeschool moms do it; I could never homeschool my kids.”

As one of “those homeschool moms,” this is something I hear a lot, and the more times I hear it the more it gets under my skin. I feel like that statement makes us sound like either a bunch of weirdos, or super-human mothers who possess some level of talent that normal mothers are lacking, when in fact neither of those assertions are true. The time has come for me to set the record straight.

First of all, homeschooling parents are not weirdos. We are parents just like you who love our kids and want what’s best them. We have all arrived at the decision to homeschool by way of different paths. Some choose homeschool because their children have a special need that cannot be met in traditional school environments. Some choose homeschooling for medical or religious reasons. There are some families that do not live in a good school district, and its safer for them to educate their children at home. Some families find themselves traveling or moving a lot because of a job, and strategically homeschooling makes more sense rather than constantly uprooting their children and transferring them from one school to another. The list of reasons goes on and on. I believe the same can be said of parents who choose to send their children to a public/private/charter school. I’m certain that the list of reasons parents choose to send their kids to school is just as extensive as the list of reasons why homeschoolers choose to teach their kids at home.

That brings me to my next point: we are not Super Parents. We do not have a special gift of patience that allows us to be around our children 24/7 without ever losing our temper. We all have moments when we question our decision to homeschool. We all worry and have anxiety sometimes. There is absolutely nothing that I go through as a homeschool mom that is unique to any other parent on the face of the earth. Home educators do their best to teach their kids the same way all parents have been teaching their children from the moment they were born. It is for this reason that I believe that all parents are capable of homeschooling. When people tell me that they could never homeschool because they butt heads with their kids too much, I literally laugh out loud. I butt heads with my oldest on pretty much a daily basis, but that doesn’t prevent me from being able to homeschool! Some say they could never do it because they can’t afford homeschooling, but there are more than enough free resources out there that it can easily be done for less than what most parents spend on school supplies and a new school wardrobe each year. (If you’re interested, I address a lot more of the “reasons why I could never homeschool” here.)

So, let’s all be honest with one another, shall we? When you say you could never homeschool your children, let’s be real and admit that what you’re really saying is that you don’t want to homeschool. Not being able to do something and not wanting to do something are two very different things.

If you have any inclination whatsoever to educate your children at home, then I promise you that you are already equipped with everything you need to do it, and to do it well! 

And for a little humor, I am including my all-time favorite homeschool meme. I love it because it’s just about the closest thing to reality in this house. Enjoy! 🙂

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17 (More) Reasons Why I Homeschool

I have done a couple of posts now on why I choose to homeschool, citing news articles about current events that continue to reaffirm our family’s decision to educate our children at home. I have continued to compile lists of recent events in the news (the list I am giving you today is news events just from the past month!), and it never ceases to amaze me the things that are happening in public schools these days. As a mother – especially a Christian mother – I simply cannot imagine sending my child to a public school knowing these things are going on all over the country. Please, as you are going through these lists, note that these things are happening everywhere; they are not simply isolated to a few “bad” areas. I urge you, please take a step back and pray about your child(ren)’s education, and see where God leads you.

So, yet again, here are even more reasons why I choose to homeschool.

 

  1. Because I am not okay with Bill Gates video taping my children.
  2. Because no child should come home with a bloodied face on his first day of school, or EVER.
  3. Because I’m pretty sure I’d wind up in jail facing assault charges if a teacher did this to my child – especially upon finding out that the teacher wasn’t terminated for such conduct.
  4. Because children should not be pressured into making career choices at 12 and 13 years old!
  5. Because… this. I shouldn’t need to waste my time explaining why this is wrong.
  6. Because parents should not have to pay $200 (on top of all the other costs) just to see their children graduate.
  7. Because extramarital sex and teen pregnancy should not be glorified.
  8. Because this is 2014, and teachers are not allowed to beat students!
  9. Because a child should never under any circumstances be denied the right to use the bathroom.
  10. Because hard work, competition, and a drive to succeed is what this nation was founded on and should en encouraged, not discouraged.
  11. Because I will never tolerate people like this educating my children.
  12. Because my husband and I will be educating our children about sex, family planning, and what moral standards are acceptable, not teachers.
  13. Because this is so incredulous, I can’t even find the words to express the ridiculousness of the situation.
  14. Because anyone who bans the use of sunscreen on OUTDOOR field trips, in JUNE, in TEXAS, is clearly not fit to make decisions about my children’s education.
  15. Because this is the sort of thing we as parents try to protect our children from; we should not have to fear our children encountering this at school! (And because I know for a fact that my husband would do the same thing if he were in this father’s shoes.)
  16. Because there has never been a school shooting at a homeschool.
  17. Because parents of first graders (or any age, for that matter) should not have to worry about their children being exposed to heroine!

10 (More) Reasons Why I Homeschool

Less than a month ago I wrote a post on Why I Homeschool my kids, citing 17 recent news events that support my family’s decision to home-educate our children. As soon as I posted, I began compiling another list. It seems that every time I read the news I am once again reminded why we made the best decision for our children! So, here are 10 MORE reasons why I homeschool:

  1. Because it’s inappropriate in every way for 10 year olds to be reading writing prompts about infidelity. I should not need to explain to a fellow adult why that is wrong.
  2. Because no parent should be banned from her child’s school for defending her daughter against a bully when the school chose to do nothing about it.
  3. Because no child should be banned from reading a BIBLE during FREE READING TIME.
  4. Because I believe that employers need to see MORE examples of the fact that homeschooled children turn into well-trained, hard-working adults who should be hired – not boycotted.
  5. Because children should not be given lap dances from their teacher as a birthday present!
  6. Because fathers should not be arrested over wanting to protect their children from sexually explicit required reading materials.
  7. Because when standardized testing becomes so important that teachers feel that they must risk their jobs by helping children cheat in order to keep the kids’ scores high, it’s clear to me that we are doing something very, very wrong.
  8. Because students should not be suspended over refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance, regardless as to whether or not the teacher/principle agrees with the student’s views. As far as I know, we still live in a free country.
  9. Because 10 year olds should not have access to sexually graphic books within their school’s library.
  10. Because I do not want to send my kid off to get an education and have to worry that my child could be sexually pursued by a teacher!

17 Reasons Why I Homeschool

It seems like every time I read the news, I am reminded of why I feel homeschooling is so important. There are so many crazy things going on in our schools! It’s really quite alarming. When I read these articles I always think, “I really should make a list of all these crazy stories!” But, being me, I never followed through. Well, surprise surprise, a couple of months ago I actually did begin a list of the ones that upset me the most. This is only a compilation of the last couple of months, and I am sure that I will keep adding to it, but here goes…

Why I Homeschool:

  1. Because I don’t want to get arrested for choosing to walk my kid home from school instead of driving. (Isn’t that the “green” thing to do, anyway?)
  2. Because school officials who think that Ritz crackers are a good supplement to a healthy, homemade meal should not be in charge of feeding my kids lunch.
  3. Because I never want anyone to suppress my child’s potential.
  4. Because no child should be punished for trying to prove that he/she was indeed a victim of bullying.
  5. Because I am not okay with feeding my kids unidentifiable foods.
  6. Because as long as I draw breath, no child of mine will be indoctrinated into worshiping a political leader like he is a god.
  7. Because I prefer to protect my children from being “accidentally” taken home by a complete stranger.
  8. Because anyone with half a brain should know that this just does not pass for healthy food.
  9. Because I would prefer not to go to jail for beating my child’s principle within an inch of her life for doing this to my kid.
  10. Because I will never, ever allow my child’s physical (or emotional) well-being to be compromised because of stupid, absurd policies.
  11. Because it is the job of PARENTS to discuss sexual matters such as birth control and abortion with their kids; it is NOT Planned Parenthood’s business.
  12. Because if anyone ever gave my child a vaccination, or any form of medication, without first seeking my consent, you would witness me reach an all-new level of crazy.
  13. Because it shouldn’t take a lawsuit to convince school officials that it’s wrong to demand a student to hand over passwords to private accounts that are accessed OUTSIDE of school property!
  14. Because my children should not be publicly humiliated for any reason, ever.
  15. Because my children should not have to worry about being commuted through dangerous areas, or having to get up insanely early in the morning to catch the bus, all because the government can’t afford to keep their local schools open.
  16. Because there’s nothing wrong with “old school math” – and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  17. Because teaching my children HOW to think, and not WHAT to think is the most important aspect of education, and I will never settle for anything less for my children.

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