Last week I talked a little bit about the disagreement between moms about which is better: working or staying at home. Likewise, there is also disagreement about whether to homeschool children or send them to either public or private school for their education. It can be a really tough decision choosing between the public and private schools in houston, let alone bringing homeschooling into the mix! There is just so much to think about. Choosing the type of school is just the beginning, as then as a parent you need to pay close attention to the secondary school league tables, primary school rankings, independent school charts… all of this is important. We personally send our kids off to public school, and I doubt I will ever homeschool them. Those who can, however, should certainly consider sending their children to private schools as many can offer things to their students that most public schools cannot – https://www.ravenscroft.org/. But I must say that find homeschool moms to be some of the most patient, wonderful creatures ever made. Here’s why:
- You are so stinking patient! I just don’t know how you do it. Whenever my kids are home for the summer and I’m trying to get things done, I just don’t know what to do with myself. I find myself more grouchy and yelling more often, because my kids don’t seem to be listening to me. I try to have my kids complete worksheets over the summer to eliminate the summer slide, but regardless…they listen to their teachers much better than they listen to me. I so wish I had an ounce of your patience.
- That being said, your kids, more often than not, are so well behaved. I don’t know if you just got lucky in the kid lottery or if you are just that much better of a parent than I am. (Or maybe you secretly have to yell at your kids too and never let it on to anybody else.) But whenever I see homeschool kids, they’re generally pretty well behaved. They may just be super quiet, but even if they’re not, they’re not the unruly kind. I admire your wonderful parenting skills (or your luck!), and I’d love to hear your secrets from time to time.
- You possess so much discipline. I’m a fairly disciplined person, but I’m pretty sure I would get really sidetracked trying to homeschool my kids. There always seems to be something else to do, and I can’t imagine sticking to any kind of schedule. All I can think of are those summer worksheets, and I always get behind just on those. Mommy fail, I know. *sigh*
- Whether you are really that patient or you’re just pretending, you still love your kids fiercely. I said the same about working moms. We all live in different circumstances, our children are never the same, and what works for one mom won’t work for another. What really matters is that you do what’s best for your kids. And the fact that you patiently teach your children manners, discipline, and the core curriculum while keeping your head on straight bleeds your love for them.
What do you admire about homeschool moms? What do some of you homeschool moms do behind the scenes that I don’t know about? I’d love to hear what you have to say in the comments.