Ok, so, after I posted the homeschooling video I realized that it was a bit of a downer. I think I successfully scared off anyone who may have bee considering homeschooling. The truth is, I do love it. There are so many things I absolutely enjoy about homeschooling and I'll name a few, just so you know I'm not just saying it.
I love the flexibility of homeschooling. If we have an appointment or I just want to go to the gym in the morning, we can do our schoolwork in the afternoon. When we took our trip to Disneyland it was no big dealing leaving for a week in the middle of October. I love that we can stay in our jammies all day, if we want, and we don't have to get up and out of the house at a certain time (that's especially nice when it's rainy and cold outside). I love that my kids play together and spend so much time together- pretty much all day, every day. I love the time I get to spend with them. I'm their mom and their teacher and I'm apart of every milestone and special moment.
To be honest, my journey with homeschooling really does mirror motherhood for me. Homeschooling, like motherhood, is challenging, exhausting, trying, amazing, rewarding, beautiful, imperfect, and perfect.
My job, as a mother, is to develop my children's character. It's my job (and, of course, my husband's) to teach them how to be compassionate, loving, responsible adults, but so often I find that it's me who's being taught. I feel like God is gently (and sometimes no-so-gently) using my four little ones to teach me to be patient and kind and to be more like Jesus. To teach me to look to others before myself. Most of the time when I'm feeling frustrated or annoyed it's usually because of selfishness. I want my way, I want it now, and I don't want my children to stand in the way. Yuck. Maybe those challenging moments in homeschooling- and mothering- are the ones that are the most important.