Friday, October 5, 2012

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If you don't homeschool your kids, you don't love them

I came across a Huffington Post blog where the writer/parent listed the reasons she would never homeschool her children.

I found it mildly disturbing that each and every one of her reasons started with I.  I-I-I-I-I.  I need time away from them.  I am afraid of math.  I don't like refereeing my kids when they fight. I like dropping them off at school.  But here's the deal.  It's how she feels.  It is her truth. She is being honest.  I sense an inability to see things from her kids side, but considering her reasons for not homeschooling, her kids
definitely belong in public school.

However, just as I disagree with her reasons for not homeschooling (for me and mine), I also disagree with the peanut gallery... the homeschoolers-in-arms.  Many have gone as far as to say that this woman does not love her kids. Chances are she does love her kids- a lot!  She just isn't the homeschooling type and cannot envision herself our shoes.

But even for myself it took a jarring, traumatic, life-changing realization to make me see the value in homeschooling.  I don't love my kids more now than I did then, do I?  I understand them better, but I don't love them any more or less.

I remember back when I started homeschooling, I went to a co-op meeting where women took turns telling the audience that unless GOD told them to homeschool, they should not do it.  Maybe GOD hasn't dubbed her as a homeschooler.

So let's stop being so judgmental, OK?



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