Monday, August 14, 2017

10 Things

I homeschool my children. Some things I wish people understood about this: 
1. We didn't rush in to this decision, but spent three years researching, discussing, and praying about it. 
2. Our boys are actually learning: math, spelling, handwriting, science, history, reading, writing, etc. 
3. This was OUR decision for OUR boys. I do not look down on you for putting your child/ren in public school. That is YOUR choice. This was ours. 
4. I do not think we are better than everyone else. I also don't think you are better than we are. I think we are all equal, and just have different paths as parents. That's ok.
5. My boys are NOT missing out on spending time with friends. They have plenty of opportunities each week to "socialize". Scouts, karate, Church, homeschool park days, etc. My oldest volunteers twice a week, every week at the local food pantry. He is learning about helping others, while engaging in conversations with people of many different ages (gasp, they aren't kids).
6. Ian went to PROM. With a girl. Who is in public school. (BTW, homeschoolers have prom too, and graduation ceremonies)
7. I DON'T believe the earth is flat. I DON'T believe God is like a genie in a bottle.
8. I am not teaching a classroom of 20 students. I am teaching my 3 sons. I know how they learn. I know where they excel and where they struggle.
9. My sons are NOT going to leave home not knowing the things they need to continue in life. They AREN'T going to be so socially inept that they won't be able to interact with society. They will learn what they need to know, and what they want to know. And it's none of your business, and it's not your problem. I may not have a college degree, but that doesn't mean that I am incapable of teaching my sons elementary through high school. I have passion. I am resourceful. I am capable. And damn it, I'm they're MOTHER, and I CAN DO IT.
10. Finally, I don't criticize you for your parenting and education choices. Please stop feeling the need to criticize mine.