My last post reflected on the last few years and the storms we have weathered as a family in order to be where we are today: a pretty good, solid place. So, what better time than now to throw something new into the mix?
Mia and Anna have been asking to be homeschooled for the past two years. After plenty of reflection, research, and problem solving, we’ve found a way to make it work–and think it will be for the best. Our kids will have more freedom and more peace and quiet. They will have more time, less pressure, and more connection and meaningfulness. We’ve done it before and we can do it again, right?
This time, though, it will be a little different. I will continue working part-time. Mia will be a college-bound high school student. We will have to keep records, complete curriculum, and make sure we’re on track with everything that is required for her to become a successful college student. I feel pretty excited about it all, and needless to say, the girls do, too.
And Anna–well, she needs something entirely different. We will follow a general curriculum with her, but we will take it easy. She needs healing. She needs space and room to play, wonder, imagine, create, and breathe. She needs me close by to hug and comfort her. She needs distance and protection from the world of public school, which has been overwhelming to her gentle spirit.
We have laid low and haven’t officially announced this to our family and friends quite yet. There are people who will disagree, be disappointed, and be unsupportive. That is ok. We are doing this for us–for our family. It feels right to us, and that’s what matters. We are fortunate to have my parents’ full excitement and support. It always helps to have someone in one’s corner.
This homeschooling venture is a great labor of love. It is a sacrifice that may challenge me in ways I do not yet know. In many ways, it is like a new baby. It will take adjustment, patience, and commitment.