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Part 2: One Of My Greatest Parenting Struggles

995860-0563. What is one of your greatest parenting/life-balance struggles from the past, and how did you overcome it?

One of my greatest parenting struggles in the past was knowing in my gut that pulling my kids out of school was the right thing to do, even though my family clearly voiced their concerns.  When it’s just you in this endeavor, the pressure to second-guess yourself and believe that maybe you are making a huge mistake is overwhelming.  Even I grew up thinking that homeschooling circles were only comprised of religious weirdos and that public school was the only option.

After five years of homeschooling, meeting with homeschooling groups, and going to the annual homeschooling convention, I have yet to meet any religious weirdos.  All I have met are amazing parents that want to provide a better education for their children than what they feel public schools offer – either based upon personal reasons and/ or learning needs.  In my case, my kids’ different learning needs (dyslexia, ADD, and dysgraphia) were not being met.

 So I stuck to my guns and found that my kids can receive a better education out of the public school system.  I am very lucky to have such a supportive husband that agrees our kids are much better off being homeschooled – and my family is onboard now, too.  I also found that there are many great resources and support groups available for parents that are interested in homeschooling but are unsure if homeschooling is a viable option for them.

Next Friday – Part 3: Favorite Child-Oriented Products

Part 1: My Profession, Work Struggles, and Average Weekday

995933-p19MJ, age 38

Arizona

One son and two daughters – ages 17 years, 14 years, and 2 years.

1. What is your profession and what are your work struggles?

I am a stay-at-home homeschooling mom.  I am not a teacher, nor do I have a teaching degree.  I have a B.S. in Applied Biological Sciences and wanted to be a forensic scientist, but life, as life tends to do, led me in a different direction.  I can still putter around a lab when I’m 50 or so.

I struggle with keeping my kids’ curriculum toned down because there’s so much I want them to learn, and there’s not enough hours in the day.  I have to keep their work load realistic, considering their learning disabilities.

2. What does one of your average weekdays look like?

I start my day around 5:30 a.m., but my two oldest kids drag themselves out of bed about 8-ish (give or take a half hour).  Between the two of them, they study the normal core subjects: U.S. and World History (plus Geography), Math, Science, and English (which includes reading, writing, and grammar assignments).  My son studies Economics and just started Creative Writing.  On Mondays, both kids study and practice speaking Spanish for two hours with their grandmother – their dad’s mom.  Monday through Thursday, their days may end anywhere from noon to 3 p.m. depending on their schedule for the day.  Fridays are catch-up days and for anything extra I want to squeeze in for the week.  We school year round and take breaks around the holidays and whenever we feel the need.

My kids are at an age now, especially my son, where they are able to self-teach and self-study.  I administer tests throughout the week and correct assignments throughout the day as they turn them in.  If they need help, the kids come and ask me or wait until my husband gets home from work.  I spend most of my day with my youngest, playing and reading while practicing colors, counting, etc.

I might add that my toddler is a little rambunctious and very mischievous, so my days are far from relaxing.  Throw in errands and the occasional appointment, cooking, cleaning, laundry, and the myriad of other mom-chores, and my days are just as hectic as any other mom’s.

Next Friday – Part 2: One Of My Greatest Parenting Struggles