I have been asked how I manage to homeschool in addition to being a mom to seven children, because it’s crazy to think that a mother wants to spend time teaching the children she birthed, apparently. My answer is usually something like, “You’d be surprised at what you can squeeze into a day”…
Homeschool Mom vs. School Teacher
One thing that helps is my own perspective and mentality. Which is that I believe that educating children is an extension of parenting, NOT separate from it.
I told my husband about a specific conversation about this and he said what I should have said was, “Oh, I’ve got it easy compared to public school teachers! They have twenty to thirty children to teach at one time, I only have seven!”.
My husband then went on to say that he doesn’t understand the thinking that a mom, being a mom, is so hard to believe.
Why is it so hard to believe that an adult woman is capable of raising & teaching several of her own children versus an adult woman teaching 20+ children who are virtual strangers at the start of each new school year? Who has the easier job?
While I would never claim that homeschooling – let alone parenting – is easy, I don’t think that it is as hard as some would think. When you become a parent, you aren’t ready (no matter how many parenting classes or books you might have utilized beforehand), but you give it your BEST and learn as you go.
Homeschooling actually works in the same way, except it is only academics you are dealing with … NOT the heart & soul of your child – which is where parenting comes into play. So, if you can handle the depths of parenting, you CAN handle the journey of educating.
Something to think about:
Why is it normal nowadays to expect a public school teacher to teach 20 plus children of the same age, to do the exact same thing, at the exact same time, in the confines of one room, over the course of several hours a day, without the time or resources to customize the curriculum or develop a relationship with the child… (not mention, is that even healthy for the child?)
Yet, it is abnormal for a mama to teach just 7 (or 12, for that matter!) children, of whom she gave birth to and knows intimately, of various ages, with different talents, over the course of 12-hours / 24-hours / an entire childhood/lifetime!?
Doesn’t that seem backward??
Why is it so hard for people to accept motherhood as a full-time career – that includes teaching academics and is worthy of passion and dedication??
No, it’s NOT easy… it takes organizing, managing, prioritizing, and so much more… and only by the good grace of God are we capable, but it is worth it! I promise!