As a homeschool mom I get asked a million questions when I tell people we homeschool. Some of them are innocent enough. Others drive me mad. One of the questions that stumps me sometimes is, “how long will you homeschool?” The problem is, the answer changes. It changes year to year, day to day, and sometimes minute to minute. I am going to share a few reasons why this answer isn’t really a cut and dry issue.
If you are new to homeschooling you will hear this question too. I challenge you to look at the following information before answering. It may change how you answer it.
How long will you homeschool?
When I started homeschooling…
When I first started homeschooling years ago I told everyone that I would homeschool my kids until they graduated. I was confident that I would be completely able to take them all the way to college level with minimal stress. If you asked me then how long I would homeschool I would have told you, “I am going to do this until they graduate.”
Then reality set in…
I was homeschooling my daughter and I was getting stressed, taxed beyond my limits, and feeling like I wasn’t enough. I spent many days wondering if I should even homeschool her at all. In fact, I almost quit. If you asked me in that season of life how long I would homeschool I would probably say, “until tomorrow… I can’t do this anymore and I quit!”
Then came the diagnosis..
We found out that R has dyslexia and dysgraphia. With this shift in thinking I was given back my confidence. I wasn’t a bad mom. I just needed to learn where her limits were. When I did that the joy returned to our homeschool. I was able to love teaching her again. If you would have asked me then, I would have enthusiastically told you we are lifers.
It has been almost five years since we started our homeschool journey. I am now teaching a fourth grader and a first grader. Each day has it’s strengths and it’s weaknesses. I have changed my tune when it comes to homeschooling them. Today my answer for you would be, “I would love to homeschool them all the way through. I would love to dual enroll them in college and high school courses so they can turn 18 close to their associates degree. That being said, I understand that life can change plans on me all the time. Because of that, I am taking it year by year. Every year we re-evaluate and decide if homeschooling is still what we are meant to do. If we come to a year where it is no longer what is best, we will look at other options. For now, we homeschool.”
What is your answer? How long will you homeschool your children?
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