It’s hard to put your foot in your mouth...if it’s shut. Silence can be powerful. Scripture doesn’t record one word from St. Joseph. -from Tweet Inspiration
Happy Wednesday All!
We are waiting on storms around here. <3 We need the rain. Praying for nothing severe.
Let me get right into the topic at hand...
Recently I read this article. titled 7 Annoying Questions Homeschoolers Hear. I had to laugh... everyone I know has been asked those questions... many times. Of course as a mother of one, I also hear:
"You homeschool? But you only have one child." Actually we have four, but only one is at home. The others are Marque's from past marriage.
"You must do it for Religious Reasons. Wait, do you vaccinate?" Not entirely and Yes we do!
"You're the most NORMAL homeschooler I've met. I mean, you don't wear long denim skirts and things like the Duggar's do." I'm normal because I only have one child OR because I don't wear long denim skirts? I wear a lot of skirts, my husband does not like the denim ones. Sigh. I DO and i want one. lol But I try to please my husband. And p.s I am not normal. I don't want to be what YOU think NORMAL is. hmmph
Here are the questions that the author speaks of. My responses are in italics:
1. Are you worried your kid won't have a "normal" childhood? I love the word NORMAL. It means "
2. Are you going to homeschool the whole time? The WHOLE TIME as in through high school? I don't know. Honestly he's in need of more challenge so I may not. Only God knows for sure. By the way, we only school 3-4 hours/day. He stands in NO lines; jumps on the trampoline; takes a break to play with lego, and makes tea (to read with). So we don't even school the WHOLE day.
3. How can your child be socialized, then? Socialized? REALLY? Well, it's a challenge with our child. We've learned a lot in the last couple years about social skills and such. But we do not believe in the world conforming to him. We believe that HE has to learn to get along and temper his personality (as we all do). We believe in insulating, not isolating. So - yes, he is very socialized. He has friends of many faiths. He plays sports, we are in a co-op. He will go to football camp and hang with friends this summer. He gets invited to parties, playdates, etc. Honestly - he's BUSY, just like he would be in a brick and mortar school. He really has a great life.
I do have a question for the non-homeschoolers though... Aren't you worried about the "normal" socialization your child is getting? In first grade my child learn the word "nut sack" from a classmate. I know this because the child (a very troubled child) was speaking TO ME about his father. Yes, it happened. The same year, my child told on a child in school who "drew a picture of himself "humping" a girl". Six years old people. Of course, my child did not know what it meant, he said he 'just knew it wasn't good for women'. Neighborhood children who want to play with your child's things but not him. Yesterday a friend of mine's child had to tell school officials about a bomb threat and death threat and he's in Middle school. Bullying. Lack of manners and respect.... this is what I see in our school systems. So if that is what you call NORMAL socialization. KEEP IT!
4. Oh, so this is a "religious" thing. We have one child at home. My only child. People love to make reference to religion for a reason we pulled him out of school. Sigh. Do I prefer a school where we are free to live our Faith, pray, etc.? Yes. But did I pull him out for religious reasons, NO. We pulled him out because public school in our area is sorely lacking for smarter children... that and bullying is rampant. We could do better by our child. Religion is a bonus. HE, on the other hand, says he does not ever want to go to a school where he is not free to pray. How about that?
5. Are you really qualified for this? Are you qualified to parent? Who qualified you? So technically - NO, I am not qualified to homeschool by anyone other than God. I am not a teacher by trade. I am a degreed individual and I'm learning every day. My real answer... I'm not sure I am. I have my doubts. But I've surrounded myself with POSITIVE people who know I can; Who encourage me; Who give me ways to make it happen. And you know what, I'm doing a pretty good job (if I could stop being so hard on myself, it would be easier).
6. Aren't you afraid that your kid will be behind in his or her studies? As a matter of fact, he's farther advanced than he was. It's truly amazing. Like many smart children, and anyone who is taught the value of a good education, he will likely have a year or two of college under his belt by the time he graduates high school. We shall see what track he is on by then.
7. Wow, your kid is so outgoing for a homeschooled child! I honestly do not know how to address this. My child is on the spectrum, but is somewhat outgoing. He was BORN that way. If he feels comfortable - you're in. If not, it takes longer (or doesn't happen). He loves people. He's a good kid. He naturally helps others.
I do think people tend to lump homeschoolers together... as if we all must wear long denim skirts and be evangelical Christians. Please note, I didn't say there was anything wrong with either of those things... I'm saying don't lump us as we are individuals.
Here are my questions for YOU (non-homeschoolers). I would not ask them, because that is not appropriate and I would NEVER make you feel bad about your choices, but these have crossed my mind:
- Why don't you homeschool?
- Why would you want your children in a brick and mortar school (especially public) that could be unsafe for them morally, physically and mentally?
- Why don't you think YOU can do it?
- Why do you think children would not make friends or be social outside a building?
- Why would anyone not want a life where they can pick up and travel and not be tied to a school? We have visited Civil War Forts and Museums and many fun things. We see plays and musicals. Our life is Amazing.
- Can't you think of better questions to ask? Like why we love it, how it benefits our children, etc.?
The truth is, I honestly do not find it MY business what you do or do not do in your family. If you send your children to school, you have concerns and lessons to learn, just like me. And I wish you the best and pray for moms on a regular basis. It's not an easy vocation. Worth it...but not easy.
I hope you have enjoyed this post. It was fun to write. I would LOVE to hear your questions and comments.
Hugs, Love & Blessings all.
p.s. I get that people who send their children to school might be offended by my questions. Please note, I would not actually ask them of you, even if they did cross my mind while you are questioning me. I do know that you do the best you can for your children and family (just as I do). Think about it though, what if you were constantly bombarded with those kinds of questions? How would you feel?