Thursday, June 18, 2009

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Whose Schedule is it anyway?

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This is my third attempt making this video because I tried to do a direct download to video and my mouth and words were out of sync.. and that looks crazy, but that's not the point of this video.

Anyhow, so I had a discussion with my husband this morning and it was about a trip we are planning to California because my daughter was invited to perform on August 16th. The problem is that he homeschool program, Artios Academy which is arts related, starts the following Tuesday, two days later. So that meant we were going to have to hustle to get back in time for that or miss a day, which is technically missing a week since they only go once a week. I have having a hard time with that. I felt that we should go early to enjoy California instead of staying a week after. While staying a week after would probably make it more enjoyable, I felt like we should go a week early, but that would feel like work, because there are also rehearsals scheduled the week before.

So my husband says, "I thought we were homeschoolers", doesn't that mean that our schedule is ours, and if we want to go somewhere we can? Why are you trying to fit into their schedule?

So, that was it. He's right. I find that as homeschoolers, we tend to give our power away and we give our schedules away because we are so used to being told this is where we need to be, when we need to be there. Get up at 7:00 every day, eat your breakfast, go to work, come home, eat your dinner, go to to sleep, get up an hour earlier on Sunday, go to church, give them 10% of your money, shop on Saturday, and repeat. While I am not saying that doing those things are bad, I am saying that tying yourself to them unnaturally, is. It is something that I need to remember, and it is something I want you all to remember.

So we are going to go to California, and my daughter and I are going to go on California early and and then my husband and son are going to come later as his schedule allows, and we are going to spend the week after in California, so we are going to miss a day (or week) or whatever.

The biggest problem for me is that I am paying for the program, so that means that I am not getting something I am paying for for that week, but that's just my little thing that I need to get over. I have to remember that I am paying for it and they are not THE homeschoolers of my kids, they are the program that I use alongside and helps with that (homeschooling my kid).

It's not going to kill them to miss the first week of drama club. It's not going to kill them to miss the first week of piano (etc.) they can start a week later.

And so, I just wanted to put that out there!... Take care!

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