Why I Chose to be a Weird Homeschool Mom
Hey gorgeous! Welcome to my first blog post! I am so happy that you have taken the time out of your busy day to visit my little ol’ page!
Today I want to talk about my crazy decision my husband and I made to home school our three little ones. Can you imagine all of the rude comments and unwanted advice i received from family and friends when I announced that I was pulling my kids out of school? I know those people who were close to me meant no harm, but it was very annoying, unwanted, and counter productive because my mind was already made up!
So, what had happened was…
3 years ago, I was working in claims and I had finally reached the level of my career that I had been dreaming of! I finally had gotten to the height of my career! I was going to be making 6 figures! That was the most money I had ever made in my life!!! I had worked so hard to get to that point; It was my time to shine! (So i thought…) The only downfall was that my new career would cause me to travel for long periods of time. I was away from my husband and kids for 3 months working in Florida and the my bank account was so sexy. But, while away, my goals somehow begin to change. I began to seek God more and more and wanted to know what His plans were for my life.
After my work assignment ended in Florida, I came back home and realized that I never wanted to leave my family again. I was being called for more assignments all over the U.S., but no amount of money was worth not being in my kids lives. Even as a child, I always wanted to be an amazing mother, and staying home to raise my children gave me that “amazing factor” that I knew I was capable of. I could not shake this thought I had about home schooling. I’ve never even known anyone personally that home schooled, so why was it on my mind? Then, God place a woman in my life who encouraged me to home school. I never told her that I was thinking about it; she just started talking about it! Crazy right?
Also, my son was in Kindergarten at the time, and he struggled so badly! His teacher tried tutoring him after school, my husband and I tried helping him, but nothing seemed to work. Every single day, I saw my son’s confidence get lower and lower. My heart would break every time he would come home saying that he’s stupid. He did not understand why he couldn’t keep up with the rest of the kids in his class. The most confusing part about this, is that his report card was always passing! Why is that? Well, thanks to the No child left Behind law, my son would have still moved on to the next grade. I also hated to see how frustrated his teacher would be when expressing her concerns for my sons academic performance as well as his behavior. I couldn’t blame her because she tried. But, it was her frustration that made me realize that no one loves my kids the way I do. No one will go the lengths that I was willing to go. No one was going to stay up late at night researching and learning how to better teach MY child. Teachers are not paid to go above and beyond, and I get that. She could only do so much, and the classroom is not a “one-size-fits-all” type of deal. So, here is where I take matters into my own hands. I’m a “do-it-yourself” kind of woman. Once my mind was made up, I pulled my son out of school and my girls out of day care. I decided that I was going to raise confident children who live outside the box. I decided to provide an education tailored to each of my kids based on what they want to do in life. Sitting in a classroom is cool and all, but when the world is your classroom, life has no limits! We no longer have to be put in this little box that society tells us is “the right way”! Being able to teach my children strong morals and values without the extra outside influence was also something that was very attractive.
So, 2 and a half years later, we are loving this home school life! All of my children are happy and doing amazing academically. I’ve officially taught two children to read! Yay me! Most surprisingly, we are surviving off of one single income! Now that is a freaking miracle! But even more so, a testament to God’s goodness. He put it on my heart to school my kids and He saw to it that I would have the means to do so, even if it is challenging at times.
This is probably the best decision I could have made for my family and I won’t look back. It is a sacrifice, but more so, a blessing to be raising my children the way God has designed for me to do. This new role is much more fulfilling and satisfying than anything I have ever done!
And yes, it is “weird”, or “against the grain”, but that is exactly what we’re going for!
If you are thinking about homeschooling and don’t know how to start, I encourage you to research as much as you can and then JUST DO IT!
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Talk to you later girl!