By Kathy H. Lee
Recently, I was interviewed by our local newspaper for Mother’s Day. The reporter wanted to interview moms who homeschooled lots of children. I definitely qualified for that job – I home school and I have lots of children, seven to be exact!
The reporter asked lots of questions. She wanted to know what I liked about homeschooling, what I disliked. She asked if I ever wanted to put the children in school and what I thought was the toughest part of being a mom and teacher.
These questions made me think about the general public’s view of homeschooling parents. I think most people believe that homeschooling moms have it all together, we don’t. I bet most of these people even believe that we never get frustrated or never want to give up, we do. Believe me, there are days that I wish the yellow bus would stop and take my kids to school for someone else to teach.
On those days I must stop and remember why I chose this life. I think about all of the “a-ha” moments I would miss if someone else taught my children. I shared with this reporter the magical feeling of witnessing your child learning. For example, my oldest son began telling stories when he was a preschooler. I documented these stories every chance I got. At the age of five, he “wrote” his first book, entitled Blackie. I was fascinated at his ability to tell a story at such a young age. I would have hated to miss that memory with him. Just this morning as I was freshening up my flower arrangement from Mother’s Day, my seven-year-old saw pollen on the counter and began telling me how pollen is necessary for bees and butterflies. She was so excited to share her knowledge with me. Priceless.
Honestly, I cannot imagine not homeschooling my children. Of course there are days when no one seems to remember their math facts or know anything about the book they just read. Those are the challenging times. When the reporter asked me the toughest part of being a homeschooling mom to 7 children, I said “Balancing it all.” I desire to be a great wife, mom, teacher, and friend, but it is difficult. I mentioned to the reporter how I long for a superwoman cape to help me do it all. So far no cape has appeared. At the end of the day, I know that I am far from perfect, but I am confident that I am perfect for this job of homeschooling! You can do it too!
This post was contributed by Kathy H. Lee.
Kathy facilitates the training of early childhood teachers, administrators, and parents worldwide and is the Executive Director at Early Childhood Resources in Canton, Georgia. She is the mother of seven children (biological and adopted) and home schools them all. Kathy is the author of two Gryphon House favorites, 101 Easy, Wacky, Crazy Activities for Young Children and Solutions for Early Childhood Directors. Connect with Kathy online and via Facebook and Twitter.