Today I wanted to write a quick note to all the “in the trenches”, down and dirty, homeschool Mamas out there. Until I created my blog (and all the social media accounts that needed to go with it), I never realized how many of us there are…and internationally, at that!
Mamas are international, so why wouldn’t homeschooling be? With all the ups and downs that come with job title!
PS-This letter applies to all MOMs, because we all know how hard the job is!
Dear homeschooling Mama,
You amaze me! How can you be so selfless? The title “mother” is already a job whose description includes:
- zoo keeper
- cheer leader
- interior decorator
- prison guard
- hostage negotiator
- problem solver
- body guard
to name a few.
Of course, all mothers are also teachers. We begin teaching our children from day one, right? Before they are even school age, we have taught our little ones so much!
Think about it. Before the age of 5, you have been the only teacher they have had. They can now dress themselves (they may not fully understand style, but I’m sure they have their own–we don’t discuss Beanie’s plaid and polka dot phase). They can bathe themselves (and whatever toy was in their hands when bathtime began- which is why Noodle is never allowed to bring match box cars into the tub. EVER). They’re house broken…I mean potty-trained (the dog has had less accidents than some of my Things!) They can feed themselves and most of the time it makes it to their mouths (the dog gets lots of unintentional scraps during most meals). See what I mean?
If you’re like me, these lessons were not spectacular, golden moments filled with the scent of roses and harp music, but actually hours of losing my mind (and sometimes my voice, temper, and grip on reality).
Even after (or maybe because of) all these fun times, you have decided to continue being your children’s educator. Now you get to keep them with you 24/7 for…., well, let’s go with until they are 18.
You give up a lot to be a homeschooling parent-mainly privacy and adult conversation. (Isn’t it amazing how a phone call without the kids interrupting, or a trip to the market alone, become gifts?) Your days revolve around your child, no matter whether you unschool, traditional homeschool, classical homeschool, use Charlotte Mason, use Unit Studies, or use one of the other amazing methods to homeschool. You have given up so much of your own time to make certain you are doing what you feel is best for your family.
Whatever your reason for deciding to remain your child’s only teacher, you are amazing. You spend your days filled with numbers, letters, laughter, and tears. I know there are days they wish you had sent them to school (we call those, “Mama’s lost her mind days”) and days you wish you had sent them to school (also, “Mama’s lost her mind days”).
But you persevere. You never give up on them, and your love for then grows constantly, through those precious moments and the true struggles.
You are there when the light bulb goes off that the letters s and h make the whispering “sh” sound. You are the one who patiently explains the how a plant “breathes” and eats (and answers any other odd questions they lob at you in the middle of well planned out MATH lesson). You are the one who listens to the frustration of a teenager who can’t comprehend the reading questions for Cyrano de Bergerac, and tells your child to take a break (while you secretly try to understand it in order to help them).
Plus add the whole “mom job” list and you are now SUPERhomeschool mama!
Even on those days
- you forget to brush your teeth (please tell me I’m not the only one with those days!),
- emptied the dishwasher then realized you never turned the dishwasher on (and debate whether or not to put them back in the dishwasher now that they are actually put away, because really, how dirty can they be?),
- binge watched your guilty pleasure instead of hitting the market,
- took the kids to park instead of touching a school lesson or your cleaning supplies.
You know why, because you did what needed to be done on those days too! The kids survived, you remained sane, and the house didn’t explode. On the rough days, you still nailed it! (and I applaud you for that!)
For all the things you do. For all the love you show. For all the sacrifices you make.
I’m going to be the voice of your precious child and say,
“Mom, I love you ! Thank you for loving me so much and for making me feel so special!”
Please leave a little to note of love in the comments for all the awesome homeschool moms to read!
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