Here is the list of all of my superhuman qualities for homeschooling:
Now you might be thinking, well, she must have just forgotten to put the list down. Nope, that’s my list, and it’s blanker than blank.
Yup, that’s right. I don’t homeschool because I’m super human and homeschooling hasn’t given me super human patience either.
Maybe you’re reading this and thinking, well duh! You homeschool, you weren’t bitten by a radioactive spider. However, I’m writing this post today because I often get comments like, “I could never homeschool, I’m not xyz enough.” Usually patient, but sometimes other things as well.
But let me let you in on a little secret. I do not have some super patience skills. I am not some superhuman or super-parent. No, I’m just an ordinary parent. I’m just like you. I have my parenting struggles. I have my bad days. My kids can be a handful and some days I feel like why go to the zoo when you already live in one.
Now, I don’t write this post to make you feel like you should be homeschooling, because that is not my choice to make. That’s your choice. This is not to say that I don’t think that you could homeschool, just that I don’t feel like you have to homeschool if it’s not the right fit for you family. But if you do feel like homeschooling is a good fit for your family, you could figure out a way to make it work.
Homeschool parents don’t want to be put on a pedestal. Well, I can’t speak for all of them, but I can say that I for sure don’t. For one, that’s an awful lot of pressure to put on myself and I don’t do well under those circumstances. And I’m really much more ordinary than people think. Lastly, I don’t want people to think I’m someone I’m not.
So, if I’m not superhuman, why do I homeschool anyways? Because it’s what my husband and I feel is best for our family. I find that all parents have the remarkable ability to do hard things when it’s what they feel is best for their children. Parenting is a hard thing and every day, we all find ways to get through it and to raise humans who are pretty awesome. We put aside the things that we think limit us and do the hard things because we want our children to grow up to be decent human beings. We all do that, whether or not we homeschool.
So I’m not any better or any more because we homeschool. I haven’t been dosed with extra patience or born with extra arms (though that would be handy). I’m just an ordinary mom. And that’s perfectly okay with me.
If you need more support homeschooling because you recognize you’re not a superhuman, I am so happy to help. I think one of the things that makes me able to homeschool is knowing that I don’t have to homeschool alone. There is support and resources out there that exists and I am happy to be that support person for you.
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