The Decision to Homeschool: Discovering and Activating Some New Parental “Superpowers”
During this same time last year, I posted an article on my blog, entitled, It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…. And in it, I addressed how the love that parents have for their children, empowers and catapults them into what others label as selfless, sacrificial, or heroic acts – acts that the parents, in all likelihood, wouldn’t call heroic at all. They are simply and unquestionably the RIGHT things to do. I wrote about how, in an effort to provide Chase with a better education and atmosphere, I chose to enroll him in a school that was much farther away from home and my job, which put me on the road for a total of 2 hours each day, Monday – Friday. Depending on a person’s perspective, some people thought what I was doing was admirable and sacrificial; while others thought it unnecessary and unreasonable. I, of course, thought neither of these things. For me it was the best and only thing for me to do, at the time, for Chase.
Well, that school year seemed to race by. Chase developed some important friendships and generally felt more a part of the school experience. The campus itself was cozier, and there were some well intentioned educators. But when it came down to it, Chase and I still ran into some of the same limitations and obstacles that we ran into at his other schools. The school was not equipped to teach my son, using the methods necessary to nurture learning and cement knowledge in his mind. At the end of the year, I knew that Chase was not in the place academically that he needed to be, and could be. At the rate things were going, he would have gotten lost in the cracks, and headed for an uncertain future. NO WAY!! NOT MY SON!!
The idea to homeschool Chase full time had been dancing around in my mind for a couple of years. I had already been working with him informally using our Check It Out, Get Up & Go, Make It Happen, and Do Something Good methods, but I had questions and doubts about how I could make it work in a full time capacity. But by the end of last school year, everything lined up though– timing, circumstances, resources, and support all came together. Life was demanding that I stop daydreaming and doubting, and MAKE IT HAPPEN!!
It’s not an easy undertaking, and it’s not for the faint of heart. There are times when I wonder what I’ve gotten myself into, and if I’m equipped for the challenges - overseeing his daily lessons, going on field trips, being Mom, and building a business all at the same time. But I know that it’s the RIGHT thing for me and Chase. And this gives me peace of mind that sustains, inspires, and propels me ever forward.