I have no desire to have a homeschool vs. public vs. private school choice debate. Especially since I haven’t had the energy to blog since it was a rough year caring for my husband and more time has gone toward work to handle the extra medical expenses.
But my heart is searching for which option is best for my son this coming school year. Can you relate? Are you trying to make decisions on school choices?
I really wish the pendulum would stop swinging between all the options. My depleted emotions can’t take much more.
I see friends who are quitting homeschooling..and I want to ask them why…but I don’t want them to feel like they have to defend their school choice.
Right now the grass looks so greener…I am struggling with burnout, while guilt and wearness clouds my mind. I don’t trust my mind to rationally analyze if quitting homeschooling is the right choice.
Having them in a school setting engaged from 8 am to 3 pm each day…seems like a dream of amazing hours of uninterrupted time.
But I have to remind myself that I will have to drive them there, we won’t have the freedom in our schedule, and they won’t have a choice in their school topics.
All the while I have friends looking to begin their homeschool journey frustrated by other school systems. They want me to share my 16 years of homeschooling wisdom. They think my grass looks greener.
Right now it doesn’t matter which side of the fence you find yourself…what matters is finding a way to have peace about your school choice.
If you are walking in circles trying to make the school choice…I wish I could give you an easy button…but since mine is broken…here are a few steps I am trying for myself.
My School Choice Steps:
- Rest. However it needs to happen…find the time. Don’t make the choice under exhaustion in the hopes of finding it. Recently I read a definition of rest that has altered my thinking.
- Rest: to stop using (something) so that it can be strong again. (Hello…can my mind get some strength back)
- Talk with another person. Don’t just seek out those who are doing your desired school choice. Maybe sitting down and listening to why a friend is still doing her school choice might remind you of a few things.
- Don’t second guess yourself. Honestly…once the choice is made…enjoy the journey. Remember: No rule says you can’t change your mind again in 6 months.
So who wants to meet for coffee and discuss my school choice? I finally slept two nights in a row.
Yes I did a search on quitting homeschooling…which reminded me…that often moms question their choices. I am not alone in that.