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Why Did I Do This To Myself?

I’m a homeschool mom. You know what that means right? No, it doesn’t mean I wear denim jumpers. But it does mean that I am with my kids all the time. All. Day. Every. Day.

For all the wonderful reasons I love homeschooling, there are still a few downsides. And, the number one has to be that there isn’t a moment in my day when I don’t have a little one in my face.

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s make things clear. I love my children. I enjoy spending time with them. In fact, that was one of the main reasons we chose to homeschool—so we could be with them more. But at the same time, this blessing can be a tiny curse.

I’m feeling jealous of you traditional schooling mamas these days. You and your beautiful drives home after dropping the kiddos off. Maybe you’re able to grab a cup of joe without multiple voices chiming in from the backseat asking for cookies subsequently racking your bill up from $4 to well over $12.

Running errands with four kids in tow is no cupcake either. And don’t get me started on the noise. There is no quiet moment. There is no minute free of “Mama! Mama! Mama!”.

And why, oh why, can’t these kids find anything to do lately. I honestly feel like I am walking them through the steps of independent play. “Ok, move one leg forward and then the next. Speed it up a little. That’s called running. That round thing over there? It’s a ball. Bounce it. No, no, no. You cannot be bored yet. That’s it. I’m locking the door.”

I’m pretty sure this is just a case of end-of-the-school-year-itis, and I’m pretty sure it’s up to me to solve this problem by mixing things up a little. Maybe a trip to a different park, or the zoo, or a museum is in order.

I complain about these silly things, but then I see my 5 year old reading to his baby sister and we all pile in the car to go visit daddy in the middle of the day just for fun.

And I smile.

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  1. justheather says:

    Our original plan was to homeschool, but this is one of the reasons I chickened out when the girls got older. (Mom Fail!)

    What about swapping with another homeschool mom? Can you find a co-op in your area? I had looked into a co-op at first. That could leave a day each week to leave the kids in the care of another parent teacher for a few hours.

  2. So far, classes at the YMCA have been working for us. The big boys go to a science/art/gym class while the little guy goes to the play room.

    Can you tell this week’s class got canceled? 🙂

  3. I love the part about the Starbucks drive-through – so true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve longed to get my chai fix or to grab a Diet Coke at the McDonald’s drive-through and decided it was so not worth the extra $5.

    I applaud you for homeschooling, and for admitting that it’s not all Skittles and rainbows. I feel kind of the same way about staying at home full-time: I love it and wouldn’t haven’t any other way, but I reserve the right to complain about it every now and then.

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