Today represents almost 2 years of homeschooling! Some of the pros:
- We can sleep late! 😁
- Homeschooling is substantially more affordable!
- We set our own schedule and go at our own pace. If we feel to skip a day and go to the movies, we sometimes do that!
- We can pick exciting topics which may not necessarily be covered in a traditional school curriculum.
- Our focus is learning, not preparing for exams.
But there is also a bittersweet perspective. For us, homeschooling was not a deliberate path. It was a decision made out of necessity. A choice because we had no choice! I saw my son struggling so much with his social anxiety and his dysgraphia that I feared allowing him to continue in his neurotypical school would be detrimental to his health and overall development. The unfortunate reality was the lack of alternatives: zero publicly funded special needs schools equipped to deal with his challenges and private schools which were beyond our finances.
On a day like today, I look at all the back to school photos, proud parents and smiling kids, and I’m reminded of what we don’t have. I’m grateful for the opportunity to homeschool, the flexibility in my work to allow me the time and the progress that has come with that decision. But I’m also sad for the opportunities that my son may be missing. I’m tired of the constant juggling of full-time work, special needs advocacy and single mama-hood. I’m always second guessing myself and wondering how I can approach things differently and how I can make this easier for both of us. So to those moms and dads, who get to count down the days until school re-opens, always know that this isn’t a luxury open to all parents. Be sure to enjoy 😉
I know in my heart that this was the right decision for us and will open up paths that we never imagined. But sometimes the journey is tough!