School Moms Are Heroes! (I Thought Homeschooling Kept Me Busy)

My hats are off to all school moms.  Congratulations on sending your kids to school and surviving.

As long term homeschoolers, I have been questioned many times:

  • “How do you do it, you don’t get anytime to yourself?
  • “You must be so busy all time, with the kids  around 24/7”
  • “Why on earth would you want to home school your kids?” – Sorry, wrong conversation.
  • “If you put your kids in school you would have so much more free-time to do the things you want to do.”

What I didn’t understand is that these school moms visualized their current life with the additional responsibility of home education.

For us, home schooling was an exciting adventure, it was a journey, not a chore.  Often, it was about travel.  I frequently wondered why on earth people would want to send their children to school.  We can’t very well be traipsing around the world with our children needing to report to school every weekday morning.

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We can’t travel the world if we are in school.

Around our family, home education may have been 24/7, but it was also about having fun learning as a family, together.

Fiji scuba diving

Learning to SCUBA dive in Fiji

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Learning to Ski Jump in Colorado

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Learning to tap a rubber tree in Malaysia

making a silk blanket

Learning how to get silk from silk worms, process it and finally make a silk blanket in China.

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Learning to tend bar on the Emirates flight (we were given a tour whilst the other passengers were asleep, there really is a bar up in business class)

Learning about other cultures

Learning about other cultures in Dubai

We are trying something new this year.  After a dozen or so years of home education, our teens are enrolled in school for their first time.

So now I have few questions to school moms who have been doing this since their children were 6:

  • How do you do it, you don’t get anytime to yourself?
  • You must be so busy all time, driving the kids to and from activities for what feels like 24/7.
  • Why on earth would you want to send your kids school?” – Sorry, wrong conversation.
  • When do you get time for you, seems like all the free time goes to driving the kids somewhere, making lunch, ironing uniforms, reading homework, and listening to endless stories of how school is failing my children?

So, my hats are off to all you school moms.  You work harder than anyone I know.

School Moms: Any pointers, tips, suggestions?

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  1. Denise says

    In my experience having kids in school is much harder work, and more time consuming than homeschooling…and I’ve done both also. At home we can set our own schedule. My kids can learn when they are sick. I don’t have to figure out what the teacher is trying to teach and then reteach it because they didn’t understand it at school. We can choose our friends. We can choose our subjects: How cool is that. We can go on field trips whenever we want to. We can go out for breakfast together, and frequently do. We can stay up late on a school day watching movies. We can sleep late. Our lives are inspired by learning and not ruled by it. We are free to set our own schedule and can travel.

  2. says

    My concerns about home schooling have always been about the special talents that thirteen years of different teachers bring to a child’s education. Through the multitude of teachers that my kids have had, they’ve picked up different skills. For example, Mrs. T knew how to build confidence through a tough love approach, Mrs. S made high demands that readied kids for the next grade, where Mrs. R had a talent for getting handwriting under control. I could never offer the science experiences from Mrs. M or the creative math from Mrs. W. Although Mr. S was a horrible teacher who stressed my daughter out, she has now had the experience of working for a bad boss and survived. I could go on and on and on.

  3. says

    Home schooling gives the kids so much more. If we’d had kids, I don’t think I could’ve done it, but I wouldn’t have sent my kids to a public school, that’s for sure.

  4. says

    the thing is, you had the broad, mind expanding idea that getting out and doing is learning. bravo! average home schoolers have a classroom in their house and teach their kids from books as if they are at school…(thinks the go to school mom!)

    you have not only educated your girls, but you have given them perspective, appreciation, and invaluable life lessons! i am jealous!!
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  5. says

    Hi Rhonda .. amazing places and things you learnt about or to do .. the kids must know so much about the world and all will fall into place in due course … lucky albom family .. great photos ..

    Happy Mother’s Day for all celebrating tomorrow ….. cheers Hilary

  6. says

    Ah, this is a good post. I haven’t ever home schooled, but I am not adverse to it. Having the kids in school, it does seem like there’s always a lot to do (activities, sports, volunteering, etc.). I am happy summer is almost here. :)

  7. says

    I am with you on this. I have done both, and by far the most work was done when my daughter was in public high school. I was never so glad to see the end of a school year in my life as I was her senior year!

    I love the photos of all your travels. We didn’t go that far or wide, but Elizabeth did travel to Israel, Rome, Brazil (Sao Paulo and some other smaller villages with a foreign exchange student we hosted), and El Salvador with Teen Mania. Ryan went to Washington DC, and with Scouts boundary waters, Philmont, and Yellowstone. Locally we did a LOT of activities and were very involved with an active support group. Despite all that, I still say sending your kids off to school is more work!
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