Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Enough - Moving On

I have poured out my heart here lately and aired the dirty homeschool laundry. I think that I've probably gone too far by sharing all that as there was some sensitive information about my son, or at least he may think so.

I shared it all as I think it is important for others to hear that homeschooling is imperfect but more importantly, that homeschooling is a PROCESS that evolves over time. We face challenges and we have to re-evaluate and reconsider and make decisions. We come up with an ideal, we see reality as something less than perfect, we consider options that we think may solve everything and be superior, but in the end in this case we decided that imperfect homeschooling is still a better fit for our older son than public school is. So, we're still at it. We went through a lot of family stress over this issue but when we came out the other side our son had a better attitude and improved behavior. So the struggle was worth it.

With two kids doing intense homeschooling this year, and with them (sadly) needing strict supervision my own time on a computer is limited. The room we homeschool in does not have a computer for me to use.

I will be busy homeschooling the kids so I don't know how much blogging I will do. What is done may be about the content we are learning and books we are reading together. I do need escape time so read books, especially before bed at night, so you'll see some book reviews here of books that I read for pleasure.


Sara said...

Well, I for one, am grateful for your openness and honesty. It is somewhat comforting to know that I am not the only one with struggles and I can relate to so many of your posts! Since I don't know you or your son, it doesn't seem like there has been a huge invasion of privacy.

Many of the other blogs I read (or have read) all seem to portray this perfect homeschooling family and quite frankly, I find this rather discouraging. They tend to make me feel as though something is wrong with me and why can't I just get it together?

Your blog is like a breath of fresh air because I share so many of the same challenges as you do.

Xa Lynn said...

I relate to the idea of homeschool as an evolving process - we evaluate what we're doing, how it's working, whether or not we will continue it regularly, particularly each summer when we revisit the idea of going to regular school. I think it is important to do this, to not get so hung up on one way of doing things that we cannot change things for the better. Sometimes it's hard, tho' - particularly when something I would have loved as a child/student doesn't work for my children/ students!


Ahermitt said...

Thank you for sharing. It helped me a lot.

Karen said...

I completely understand the need to talk about the struggle! I think it is FINE and HELPFUL to post our struggles as well as our triumphs.
All of parenting, as we know, not just homeschool parenting, is a process. We move forward, doing our best with what we know.
I have appreciated your posts. Not TMI at all! At least, not for me.
I'm not sure what your son will do when he reads the posts... ;-)
My daughter, though, she usually understands.

Peace, Karen