This is my first year homeschooling. Many of Alex’s friends began attending kindergarten at the local elementary school. As a new homeschooler I expected to get the ‘socialization’ question a lot but I am finding that the comment I am getting most often is “I couldn’t spend all of my time with my kids, I don’t know how you do it”.
I do spend all of my time with my kids. Seriously, all of my time. They go everywhere with me. Heck, I don’t even know the last time that I slept without a kid in my bed or even took a shower by myself. And you know what..I am totally okay with that. Seriously. Not every day is all roses, we have our minor and sometimes major hiccups but we get through them together as a family. Yes, I think it would be easier to get housework done without 3 young kids following behind me making messes quicker than I can clean. But I would not trade it for the world!
I was recently at the park with my kids when a nice lady, from a larger group, approached me. She told me that I could ‘apply’ to be in her mom’s group so I didn’t have to be at the park alone. I politely informed her that I was not alone at the park, I was with my kids. I go to the park with my friends and their children often but in no way do I feel that I am alone when I am simply with my kids.
This is the time in my children’s life that they need me the most. I am glad that they look to me for guidance. I am glad that I can be here for them all day everyday. This is one of the many things that I love about homeschooling. I know who is influencing my kids…me. I feel so lucky that I am their mom and their teacher.
Another thing…my kids are pretty cool. They make me laugh. They drive me crazy sometimes too but they are really fun to hang out with!
I also know that it will not be like this forever. Soon enough they will be grown and off own their own. I can only hope that I use the time that I have with them now wisely. I hope I can influence them to grow into kind, compassionate, intelligent, caring individuals.
I realize that I am very lucky to be at home with them. I know that not everyone has or wants this opportunity. And I am in no way passing judgement on people who do not wish to or are not able to spend all of their time with the children as I do. It’s just that this is my choice and I wish that people would not look at me or gush to me as if I am crazy for making this decision.
I love homeschooling and I love spending time with my kids!