These last few months have brought with them so many questions, frustrations and considerations for the future of our family. We’ve decided to take our children’s education into our own hands. It wasn’t an easy choice, it didn’t happen overnight, but sitting here writing this, I know in my heart that we are making the right decision (for now, and for our family).
We’ve chosen to homeschool our children.
I am still trying to find the right words to express our reasons for making this decision. I know that homeschooling doesn’t have the best “reputation”, and that there will be people that think we are absolutely insane.
But let me just start by saying that I will in no way blame the school they were in, nor tarnish its reputation. We were very happy there. While I think most parents have love-hate relationships with the schools their children attend, we were much more pleased than not.
I’ve also come to realise that many teachers have their hands tied (and I say “many” because sadly some of them have obviously chosen the wrong profession). They try to go the extra mile, try to put our children’s best interests at heart, but they just don’t have the capacity or the time. I was fortunate enough that my children had increcidle teachers, who have all shown tremendous support and encouragement for our decision.
As a former teacher, I know all too well the feelings of exasperation that come with the territory of the educator’s work. And my heart goes out to all our teachers who so desperately wish for a better system. A system that would support them, listen to their concerns and show them just how appreciated they really are.
I realise that this will be a huge adjustment, and that it will take time to feel totally settled, but as a family we are so excited for this next season in our lives, and I look forward to sharing the adventure with you all.