Homeschooling is overrated

I love the idea of homeschooling. I really do.

The whole “my family all together, my kids playing with one another, the older ones teaching the younger ones, and blah blah blah” all sounds fantastic.

The problem is in my house that translates to “Mommy is going crazy and hides to get a few minutes alone from the kids who are screaming and hitting one another, and younger ones won’t stop bugging the older ones…which then keeps them from getting their work done.”

my poor attempt to hide for a few minutes alone

my poor attempt to hide for a few minutes alone

 

What?

Are you going to tell me that this chaos has something to do with my parenting? If so, shut it. I’m tired and may or may not be taking a break from parenting this semester.

And then at some point I’m supposed to run errands…which is impossible as I refuse to take all four kids out, well, mostly just the 3 year old because he does crap like this…

my sincere apologies to the Hobby Lobby employee who had to clean this up

my sincere apologies to the Hobby Lobby employee who had to clean this up

Then there is this weird thing that happens everyday around 3:30 or so… something about what we are going to eat for dinner. Am I in charge of that?

And forget about this blog. There doesn’t seem to be any time to put the words in my head to the keys. Which isn’t good. (My brain needs to be emptied on a regular basis.)

I don’t know how other homeschooling mamas do it. Maybe they rise before the sun and lesson plan weeks ahead. Maybe they’re doing it right now instead of writing a blog post. Priorities :/ Oh well.

On a more positive note, when the kids aren’t yelling and screaming, I have found they are playing together outside more often.

car race

 

And that does make my heart happy. And gives me a few minutes alone to regroup…and watch the latest episode of The Bachelor.

Oh, and this homeschooling thing is just temporary because we moved in the middle of the school year. I would not be doing this otherwise. I really think I’m a better mom when my kids are in school. Seriously. And I’m pretty sure they would agree.

August can’t come soon enough. This is like the longest summer break ever!!!

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9 Responses to Homeschooling is overrated

  1. Jessica says:

    This is the first (and final year) I’ve homeschooled our oldest and I can not wait until it’s over. I have two kids and am currently pregnant. My 3 year old currently attends a small private school and it is absolutely fantastic. I wasn’t ready for our oldest to start public school, I love private school but it’s just too expensive for the both of them. So I decided to take on this challenge. I have many friends who homeschool and they make it sound like it’s the best, but let’s be honest, They are miserable too, they just try to disguise it because there’s a belief that this is what it’s supposed to be. Yeah right! homeschooling takes so much of my time and yes I’m still expected to do the cooking, and cleaning and errands and when you have a child with you ALL the time who asks questions and is in need of something, my goodness it’s exhausting. I will never go down this path again. Furthermore, I’ve realized that I simply cannot be everything to my son. He misses the interactions with other kids and often complains that there’s no recess at home and the reason is because we on a strict schedule before the little one gets home. There’s simply too much to do. And let’s face it, with everything a mom has to do, sitting at a park with them is the last thing on my mind. I really hate homeschooling.

  2. Love homeschooling because it gives flexibility in attending the classes wherever and whenever your children needs. Children will be stress free instead of sitting in the pressurized physical class room. You need to join the homeschooling mama’s group, and that will help you in managing your child’s education and your work too.
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  4. Brooke Groves says:

    Love this! I homeschooled last year while we were in an unfamiliar city (with terrible public schools and VERY expensive private school options) for my husbands fellowship year. Just another thing I didn’t expect when I married a doctor! Now that the year is over and my kids are back in full time school, I actually miss it. Go figure;)

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  6. Leslie Howe says:

    I have sooo much respect for my friends that successfully homeschool. But I am with you. It’s not for me! I can’t seem to get everything done with the kids at school. Much less get it all done with them home and teach them on top of that!
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  7. Erin says:

    I love that pic of you!! I have so been there….only the closet works for me ;) And yes, I think homeschool moms are totally at a disadvantage when it comes to never having personal time….you always have your kids with you!

    For now, I homeschool – but I only have 2 kids – that has to make a difference! I like it except for that little part about no time to myself. I’ve always thought that some sort of hybrid school where you could drop them off on bad days, but keep them home when it was too much trouble to send them or when you had other things to do. Perfect world? ;)
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  8. Peggy says:

    We home-schooled for 4 years… out of the 4 1/2 we lived in Alaska. It worked for us there… mostly (by the end the boys did NOT like it.) And yes when we moved here we moved in the middle of the year….. missed two weeks of school in the 2nd semester. Trust me, the boys were so much happier with starting back in public school in a new place mid-semester, rather than staying at home!

    I’ll be praying for you! ‘Cause, believe me, I get it!! :)

    Take care now!
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  9. Camille Mcclelland says:

    I love you so much.

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