Because I don’t want to.
I just saved you a few minutes of your life. You can move on with the rest of your day if you don’t feel like reading the rest of the post. HA!
Okay seriously…I get asked this question a loooooot.
I know, I know…I fit the stereotypical homeschooling mom vibe.
So I can see why people assume this about me. And for the longest, I tried to convince myself that maybe this was a lifestyle I needed to entertain. I mean, I totally GET why people do it. Especially for parents raising the next Olympians. Or for children who need to be taught a very specific way. Or for parents who feel that they can educate their kids better than public and private schools can. There are so many reasons and they all make sense to me.
I don’t feel like it, y’all. I’m a lazy mother fu–haha, just kidding. But you know what I mean, right? I want my children to have the best education and right now, in the current life that we lead, I ain’t the best educator. I can’t even regularly get enough sleep but yet I’m supposed to regularly do a lesson plan? With my ZERO experience in early childhood education? Pfft.
“Duh Brit…you can always unschool and NOT have a lesson plan.”
Yeah, no thanks. I can understand the appeal of that lifestyle but, I can’t. Our family does best with routine and knowing what to expect. We enjoy carefree days like everyone else but my daughter’s personality craves structure. I’d have to force myself to constantly explore teaching styles just to keep her engaged. I don’t think I have it in me. Yeah, I’m smart but am I interested in re-learning things from my childhood so that I can effectively teach them to my child? And am I actually good at teaching my child the way that fits her?
Nope. Not right now.
I want my children to have educators who are excited. Who LOVE thinking of activities to do with them. I want educators who can see my children’s’ potential and know how to help them succeed. And just because I’m their mother, that does not mean I’m the best person to teach them.
“But but but…you’re their first teacher.”
You’re right. But I’m not their best teacher. And I want my babies to have the best. I’m so grateful we live in an area with good schools. I’m grateful that their teachers communicate to me their strengths and struggles. I’m grateful that my husband and I value education enough to know that we play a huge role in it, too. That every day we push our daughter to be a critical thinker, active listener, and confident orator. We work with her, we support her and we will always work with her teachers and schools to advocate on her behalf.
Maybe things will be different. She’s only 4 right now and we haven’t hit the public school system. Maybe experiences will change our thinking down the line but for right now, we’re happy to send her to a private preschool that can pour into her.
And thank the Lawd because as much as I love my sweet EB, I have a haaaaard time working with her sometimes. Preschool teachers are angels because to be around my kid with all of that energy all day and every day? *faints*
Also, mommy and daddy both have to work many hours to pay off student loan debt and save for our kids’ college tuition so that they don’t end up like us – in their 30’s paying off mistakes they made at the tender age of 18 years old.
So yeah…there’s another huge reason why we can’t homeschool. We can’t afford it. We both gots to work – most times out of the home.
So, you homeschooolers, have fun.
I love what you guys are doing!
I salute you.
I just – I don’t wanna…
Sending lots of love to Mabel’s Labels for sponsoring this post. We’ve been using their labels since EB was a BABY (they were slathered on her baby bottles) and we were so thrilled when they reached out to us and wanted to send us more labels just in time for her new school year. Perfect for daycare kids, camp kids, college kids and even grown up’s, I love that you can affordably customize stickers that can go on everything from bags to clothes, folders and shoes.
Would love to know your thoughts. Are you homeschooling? Not for it? Were you homeschooled as a kid?
FTC Disclosure: Mabel’s Labels sent us press samples but all thoughts and opinions are my own.