Saturday, December 29, 2007

Homeschooling - You CAN Do It!

I don't know if it's just me, but I can't stand it when people tell me how they don't know how I can homeschool my children. They proceed to tell me they just couldn't do that and they aren't cut out to be a teacher. I also have heard that I must have a lot of patience and that if they were with their children all day, they would kill each other.

So, I just wanted to clarify something. Homeschooling is HARD!! Just because this is the choice I made, does not mean that I love every minute and it's a piece of cake. Many days I want to pull my hair out. Even the choice to be a homemaker gets its share of comments: "I just couldn't be with my kids 24/7. I would go crazy!". Well, welcome to the wonderful world of parenthood. Staying home was one of the best, but most difficult choices I had to make.

I want to make it crystal clear that I am NOT a born teacher, I do NOT have the patience of a saint and I DO enjoy some adult conversation every once in a while. On the other hand, I know what we have been called to as a family and I am willing to make the hard, uncomfortable and exhausting choice of teaching my children at home!!

I know that some families do not have the choice to homeschool or stay home. But, for everyone else, please don't tell me you CAN'T. I don't think everyone has to homeschool or that it's wrong to send your kid to school, but "I can't" is just not true. Please say that it's a choice you made as a family or you really don't want to or public school is your child's mission field. Don't tell me all the reasons you're not cut out for it.


Every year I think, "I don't want to do this anymore. It's too hard". But, when the rubber meats the road, I remember the reasons and find the strength (only from the Lord!).

Ok, I feel better now. Just had to get that out.

8 comments:

Brandi said...

Love you. You are a great teacher and a great mom, by the grace of God shining through you. You also happen to have an awesome set of kiddos!

Love you guys,
Brandi

Anonymous said...

If my kids were as good as yours maybe I could homeschool them! I just can't, and maybe if I had some help around the house I could. I honestly would rather send them to school to just get some peace and quiet!

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

Anonymous (Jessica),
I guess the exception to my post is in your case. I know your kid!:) And your husband!!
Thanks for a good controversial comment.

Anonymous said...

I know it was a hard choice for you to remain a stay-at-home Mom. Cassie you use all the gifts that God gave you so you can do it.

The economy being the way it is, I could not remain at home. That is why I went back to school to be a teacher. At least I can be home with the kiddos when school is out.

We are all teachers when we have children. Even the kids who attend school cannot learn all they need to know there. This is our jobs as parents - to teach and lead our children.

I love reading your blog, especially your recent blogs about saving money. I am trying to use coupons again now that my head is clearer after being so busy with classes.

Have a blessed day!

Dianna M.

MacCárthaigh Family said...

Interesting comments to your 'cry from the heart!!!'

Well done for being real!

Happy New Year.

Ruth

Kelly said...

Just wanted to tell you not to start pulling your hair out. It's hard to stop once you start, and then you might have to talk about it in front of a large group of women! He, he!

Thehotrod5 said...

Thanks so much for your post! I really needed to hear that I was not the only one having "hard days" lol. The past few for us have been...um...stressful lol

Angela

Billie said...

Thanks for your honesty. I needed to hear that.

Would you be willing to share why you decided to homeschool? Are you planning on doing it the whole way through?

I will always struggle that I'm making the wrong decision!