I first started thinking about homeschooling while my oldest was in fourth grade and our youngest was in preschool. Because of our youngest son’s severe food allergies I
always felt like homeschooling was an option for him. It wasn’t until I started to research
homeschooling did I realize what a perfect fit it could be for not just our allergy child,
but for our entire family.
and everywhere (kind of like when you’re going to buy a certain type of car and
all of a sudden you notice them EVERYWHERE).
homeschooling. She was nice enough to
send me some great information about local homeschool groups. I was able to talk to her about my hesitation
about homeschooling (mostly my own insecurities) which really helped me sort
out my feelings. Little did I know what
exactly would take place months down the road.
homeschooling. I was taking books out of
the library each week. I was browsing
the internet and researching as much as possible about the pros and cons of
homeschooling. I was a sponge trying to
soak up everything I could to make the best possible decision for my family.
boys (which were school age) doing their shopping. I finally got the courage to ask if they were
homeschooled, and sure enough they were.
This was a family that lives in my town, has been homeschooling for over
15 years and was very welcoming to my questions. She gave me all of her information and even
invited us over that day for a sign language alphabet teaching she was hosting
for the preschoolers. However, I still
wasn’t ready to admit to myself that I was serious about doing this.
My husband was very supportive. I shared with him all the information that I
had gathered. It finally got to a point
where he said something like “You can stop trying to sell me on the idea. I think we should do it”. That’s when I was like “Whoa buddy…I’m not
even at that point yet”. Or am I?? I sat there and realized that all I had
needed was for someone to believe in me.
My husband, Jamie, is the most important person in my life. If he felt like I could do it, then that’s
all I really needed. Up until that point
I was still in somewhat denial thinking…”ohhh I’m just trying to read about it…I’m
just curious…” But now I was almost
crossing that line of actually doing it.
how vulnerable it would make me and my children to others, which is almost always
the case when you go outside the norm. I
started hinting around to my close friends that it was something that we were
thinking about. I was surprised at the
reactions and the complete support I received from some of them. Others laughed and told me how brave I was
and offered to buy me wine and shots. I’m
sure by brave they mean completely insane, but I’ll just convince myself now
that they really do mean brave. J
is great and scary all at once. When I
told my brother I started with ‘You’ll probably think I’m crazy…” and his
response was “If it were anyone else I would think that, but not from you”. Nice.
I’ll take that. J The more people I told, the more confident I
became. Maybe this wouldn’t be so hard
of our journey. I look forward to the
different lifestyle it will bring to us as a family. I know at first there will be huge adjustments
for us all. There will be days that I’ll
have to remind myself that it’s all worth it and there is a light at the end of
the tunnel. There will be days when
nothing seems to be going right and we all get on each other’s nerves. That’s life and I expect it. However, I do see the light, and I’m chasing