I feel that one of the biggest hurdles homeschooling families face comes not from within, but from our families and the community. In the weeks since we’ve made this decision, I’ve had comments thrown at me, and comments whispered about me, from family and friends alike.
“I knew this other family who homeschooled their kids, and those children were awful.”
Hmm, I also see mothers on TV who have done terrible things to their kids. Shall you compare me to them just because I also have brown hair or drive the same car?
“This other homeschooling mother I knew did great because she had a PhD… are you sure you’re qualified to do this?”
Wait… so you actually believe every single teacher from K to 12 has a PhD?
“Oh, I’ve heard about those religious cults.” (From a stranger behind us at the library.)
What… I can’t even… Just, what?
“Do you think you can handle this?”
Ok, so this one is the most common by far, and the most understandable. I am disabled… physically. Many days, I’m in pain or so exhausted I can barely function- but planning lessons in advance on my good days nips that objection in the bud. Heck, I can do the majority of my curriculum planning from my bed, attached to a heating pad with the lights turned low.
Never underestimated a determined momma.
Mentally, I’m sharp enough to find lessons on the internet and books in the library. I have a credit card- I can purchase a curriculum if I can’t handle a certain course or topic. I’m also OCD enough to organize the heck out of it all and beat it into a workable curriculum that meets and exceeds Common Core Standards. I still understand at least 85% of what I learned in school (and the other bit is algebra so it doesn’t count, right?).
I’m confident that even a parent who only has the same level of education as their child is capable of teaching them- so long as they are willing to learn (or relearn) the material as they go.
Don’t worry, we got this guys!