I have heard it all…many people have this misconceived notion that as a homeschooling mom, I have days to languish around in my pajamas alongside my wild things who don’t get out of bed until noon.
In their minds, this is a daily occurrence, laziness at its prime, when all homeschool families just take a laissez faire attitude to life in general, not unlike drifting down the lazy river ride at your local water park. The epitome of non-rushed, non-motivated, get-to-it-when-I-feel-like-it life and they often think we don’t get much “school” done either.
Okay, here is the reality; some days are like that. However, at least for most of us, they are few and far between. Most days start off earlier than the nosy checkout lady at the grocery would think, and who has time for all day pajama days when we have co-ops, sports, errands and playdates to attend to?
Motivated vs Lazy
Even on the days when we don’t feel motivated, we homeschool moms are a breed unto ourselves when it comes to motivation. Simply the fact that we are homeschooling shows motivation, not laziness.
We are motivated to see our children succeed in life, in academics, in their spirituality. We are motivated to want to learn new things so that we can model this behavior and also learn alongside our children. We are motivated when we plan out our school year (even if it is on the day it starts).
We are motivated when we find an awesome read aloud at a garage sale (even if we never get to read it aloud). We are motivated when we agree to just a few more bedtime stories because a love of literature is a lifelong quest.
Pajamas vs. Clothes
Okay, I admit it, there are pajama days involved for most homeschoolers. Even the rigid traditionalist will allow for at least one day when the pajamas stay on just a tad longer than they would if our gems were mounting the steps of the big yellow traveling kid wagon.
This is not an everyday occurrence for most, though some of us are comfortable with loungewear replacing trendy attire for more hours in a day than not, and that is okay too.
Public Perception vs. Reality
Often times those who do not homeschool, or at the very least, intimately know a family that does, have many preconceived notions. Though gaining ground as a more acceptable choice, there are still those who believe wholeheartedly in traditional, institutionalized learning, and no amount of cajoling will change that.
The reality of this homeschool journey is that were we not incredibly passionate, motivated, innovative parents, we would not even consider this form of education. The amazing thing about it is, we can accomplish in 30 minutes what most classrooms take 2 days to accomplish, simply because we are able to do a one-to-one instruction.
We can skip whole grade levels at times; we can enhance our learning topics with field trips and activities, all without worrying about coordinating permission slips and bus routes. We can evaluate learning styles, adjust teaching techniques (sometimes daily), and even slow down particular topics that are too challenging for our children.
We are motivated, even in our slippers, we are we are educating, even in our yoga pants. If we happen to spend an entire day reading To Kill a Mockingbird while sitting on the trampoline, in our loungewear, those who would turn up their nose might just be a tad jealous.
While public perception may remain misinformed, pajama days and lazy mornings are more often than not, a luxury that we don’t daily indulge, though it certainly would be nice.