Confessions of a Homeschool Mom

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I think this picture sums it up pretty well. The life of a mother is exhausting and not always joyous. Don’t get me wrong, I love being parent but sometimes it can be downright overwhelming. It’s a juggling act of balancing motherhood, homeschooling, marriage and working a business from home. Sanity can often be the loser in this act.

I will be honest–sometimes I wonder why I am doing this all? Surely the easy road would be to sign up the kids for school and be left with the silent home to pursue my business at home more quickly and efficiently. As this summer is dwindling down, this thought has crossed my mind.

Another confession? I am exhausted. Constantly. Mentally, physically, you name it—making it past dinner time is becoming a luxury to me.

Last confession? I’m worrying on a regular basis if my choice on homeschooling is the right one. Let’s face it, for some of us the answer is not black or white or crystal clear. For some, like me, it is a decision that I evaluate from time to time. But truth is that after evaluation, I always come back to loving the decision I made. It is not always easy and it’s not always glamourous. But I get the best job perks any mom could ask for—experiencing my children grow and having my own schedule that is accommodating to our family.

I decided to write this post because I remember the stress and struggles of our first year. I remember those who didn’t homeschool saying maybe you should just put them in school. I also remember looking at veteran homeschool moms making it look so fun and easy. But as the year went on and friendships developed, I realized families go through the ups and downs or the good and bad days just like we do.

So if you are just beginning or if you are feeling overwhelmed, remember this:
new or experienced homeschool moms experience good and bad days. It’s not always easy or fun, no matter how well we present ourselves. Behind the scenes is probably pretty similar to you at some point in time. That is why I love being involved in homeschool groups. The friendships you and your children develop give you so much support on your journey! You are not alone.

At the end of day it comes down to support—knowing we are not alone in this Mommy Marathon. I hope my thoughts help you if you have days where you feel the same way. Another way for me to look at it: kids in school or working outside the home would bring another set of ups and downs. I love where I am now! 🙂

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About Jennifer Walker, MS

I currently blog about mindfulness, meaningful life-learning, Montessori and Childhood Apraxia of Speech.
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