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Are Homeschooling Mom’s CRAZY?

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Let's get something straight. I am crazy. I've never hidden that from you all. Here are just a few {of many} reasons why I am crazy:

  1. I chose to bring a newborn into our family when my oldest were 8 and 10. We were way past the diapers stage, almost out of elementary school and I decided to do it all over again. I think this makes me somewhat crazy.
  2. I value my kids opinions and actually seek out their thoughts. This includes a very opinionated 2 year old. Honestly, if she tells me my dress looks ugly I change immediately. I am sure all a few of you agree this makes me crazy.
  3. I have like 5 jobs. Let's see, there is this little ‘ole blog, I am still an active real estate agent {I help my husband with the Short Sale paperwork}, I do all of the book keeping for our businesses, I work at Big Fundraising Ideas and I'm a Mom… you know, primary care giver and all. I know this makes me crazy. I'm not sure if accepting my fate and working at all of these places is why I am crazy or if actually working at all of the places has made me crazy, but I'm crazy non the less and I actually like this crazy part of me.
  4. Then there is just plain old me. I think of crazy ideas and actually act on them too. You guys have seen bits and pieces of crazy me… you get it.

There are so many reasons why I am crazy, but there is one big reason I'm not crazy.

{Clearing throat for announcement}

“Yes, I homeschool my daughter. No this alone does not make me crazy”

There I said it.

I've only been in the homeschool world for a few weeks now… but that seems to be the general consensus. Heather MUST have lost it. She's h-o-m-e-s-c-h-o-o-l-i-n-g {said in low, whisper like voices, as if it were a dirty word}. Because clearly no sane minded person would homeschool.

But, it get's better. It drives people crazy that I'm not homeschooling for what they consider “normal” reasons. Nope, I don't hate my daughters old school or teachers {it was actually 2 of her old teachers recommendations to home school}. Nope, we are not set on a biblical education! Sorry to burst your bubble, but again, NO, I'm not someone who has dreamed about homeschooling her whole life. I respect everyone who does it for these reasons… but that's not why I'm doing it.

So why all this crazy talk? I'm not really sure. I think that homeschooling is such a misunderstood choice of schooling that the unknown scares people and leaves them thinking it must not be natural.

Let me reassure everyone out there,
that it has been, and I hope it will continue to be, the perfect choice for our family at this time.

Yep, I said for our family and at this time. I should also add, for this child. Because I don't think I would choose this for my other 2 right now. Homeschooling our oldest is working so perfectly for her goals that I shutter to think how wrong it would have been to not homeschool her.

I can't wait to share with you all how far we have come in just a couple weeks… but today I ask you this. What do you think of homeschooling? Are you a homeschooling parent? Have you encountered the same “crazy talk”? Why are you homeschooling?

 

Heather
the authorHeather
Heather Delaney Reese is a Lifestyle and Family Travel Writer currently on the road with her family 150 days a year, sharing exceptional family memory making moments and life's everyday fun times. She is a big proponent of encouraging others to join her journey and become a professional blogger so that they too can make money at home and spend more time with their families.

3 Comments

  • Yes I am crazy. I work full time, my husband is retired and we are raising 2 of our grandchildren. Knowing what I do about our regular schools, I have chosen to team teach with my husband. We are not doing it all by ourselves, we are using a world wide on line school program that we actually have teachers that we can go to for help. This is the 3rd year we have done it with the oldest and the first with the youngest, I would not change anything. My husbands family is very critical of our choice, but I figure I don’t have to answer to them. I do what has to be done the way I feel is best for all, and homeschooling is the best for them.

    • Glad to know there are other “crazies” out there 🙂 Good for you! It’s about doing what we know is best!

  • I am a disabled divorced mom homeschooling 2 boys. So you are definitely not alone. Whatever the reasons that brought you to schooling at home, I say welcome to our world! 🙂 We have been in it for quite a few years now and couldn’t imagine life any other way.

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