You wake one morning and realize that this is your current season of life; the kids are with you all day, EVERY day. You literally live and breathe children, you bathe them, feed them, mother them, and teach them, all while running your household like a CEO runs Johnson & Johnson. When you find yourself, on the more difficult days, wondering, “what was I thinking?” here are a few thoughts for you to consider about your decision.
You don’t have that long
God gives us our children for 18 years, a mere 6570 days. That is not nearly as long as you would think, in fact, it is a very short window to mentor them before the world is their teacher, and not a very kind one. In those 6570 days, you are teaching far more than math and reading, you are able to influence your child’s spirituality, moral compass, and values. By being with them every day you, not the world, have an opportunity to leave the biggest lasting impact on their lives, it isn’t as long as today feels.
Your decision was the right one
You will question it, trust me, we all do. We all have those days when we want to throw in the proverbial towel and ship those sweet little cherubs off on the school bus so we can have a leisurely latte like the moms you may be envying right now. When those days come, make a list of all the reasons you chose this journey in the first place, it is a hard choice some days but there are reasons you made the decision, just remember those on the harder days.
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You are not alone, reach out
When you question your sanity, look around; there is a whole lot of crazy here if we all made the choice with sanity abandoned. You have a tribe…use it. You will find that more of us feel this way than you think, the thing is, the feeling comes and goes.
Even the most seasoned of homeschool moms would be straight lying to you if she said she never once questioned her decision, we all do, even if the moment is fleeting. So use this tribe of moms, ask for help on the hard days, help can just be in the form of some encouraging words that you are doing the right thing. Maybe you need some tips on how to make it easier, there are so many moms that want to encourage you, just ask.
You are protecting your children
Protection is something more than what you can see. Yes, you are protecting them from the crazy school bombers of the world too, but that is not primarily what I mean. You are protecting them from bullies, you are protecting them from peer pressure on a large scale, you are protecting them from mature topics that you may not be ready for them to consume, you are protecting them from what lies in the shadows of the idea of institutional learning. This protection that is found in your home is priceless and can make the learning environment you have the most loving place to learn.
This what was I thinking will cross your mind again, it will come up in the future so be prepared for it. Know that you now have some answers to that question now, you were thinking you wanted to impact your children for the better, protect them from what the greater world out there has to offer, and be a part of a tribe of moms who all want to see one and other succeed. What were you thinking? You were thinking you made the best choice.