The Secret Reason We Cannot Give Up Homeschooling
Did you know that there is a secret reason we cannot give up homeschooling? What are some of the reasons you began homeschooling? Was it that your child wasn’t getting the attention and education they deserved? Was it because you want to instill in them core values and beliefs they cannot get in traditional school? Maybe you are trying to protect them from bad influences such as bullies or other dangers?
Preconceived Notions about Homeschoolers
There are so many preconceived notions about homeschoolers, I am sure you even had some before you got started. Maybe you were worried about socialization like so many non-homeschoolers, maybe you thought that homeschoolers are super religious or weird and overprotective. Maybe these things are true to an extent. However, there is so much more to homeschoolers that once you become part of the community you become aware of.
While we may start homeschooling for some of these reasons. There are tons of reasons we continue to homeschool. But are you guilty of this super secret addiction we all seem to have once we have fallen deep in the trenches of homeschool? The big reason is that we the homeschool parent are getting a life-altering, second education in the process of educating our children.
When or if our kids ask to go to real school. We may start to go down a stress spiral and not because we are anti-school or the traditional classroom experience. It is more because we won’t get to enjoy the poetry teatimes, read aloud, or study or art history. We will miss the nature walks, free writes and geography parties filled with fun activities to help learn the states, countries and their facts.
The truth is once you get fully invested in your homeschool, the excitement and joy of learning are contagious as it should be. We don’t want to stop learning alongside our children. We don’t want to miss out on the second or third education we are getting and the memories that will last a lifetime.
As a homeschool parent, we value education and can’t deny it our children or ourselves. So if you are loving the current read aloud, read it even when the kids aren’t around or go ahead and read the rest of the series to yourself. If you find yourself fascinated in a particular period of history that you went over with your kids, go ahead and dig deep on your own. Don’t feel weird to learn alongside your child. It’s okay to dive deep into new areas of interest as we are always evolving and our interests change as we mature. Let your child see you go further with something you went over with them for yourself. It is good, they are watching and they are learning from you that you are just as important. Let the magic of homeschool be just as enchanting for you as it is for your children.
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