A good friend of mine recently told me that she has made the decision to homeschool her children because she does not trust the school system of the country she is currently residing in. This friend of mine is a go-getter. She got a degree in Hong Kong in Urban Planning. I always pictured she would either open a business of her own or go really far in the corporate world. However, when she realized that her children will not get the quality of education from the public school system of her town that she felt her children deserved, she decided to pour all her enthusiasm and energy into homeschooling. I could see the passion she has for her new path in life and she has poured heart and soul into it.
She also shared with me her apprehensions and fears because her decision, has received a lot of mixed reactions from the people around her. Despite the fears though, she feels she is doing the right thing and will push through with her decision no matter what challenges stand in the way.
Actually, she is not the first person I know to decide to homeschool. I know a handful of people, mostly Christians, who have also opted to homeschool for various reasons.
I admire all of them for their decision to do so because I don’t think I would have the ability to do it myself.
Personally, I like my children’s school so far. I think their school has a good blend of exposure to other people with different upbringing and lifestyles and the school is still able to instill good moral values. Since I am happy with the school, I haven’t really considered homeschooling as an option at this point.
However, it doesn’t diminish my admiration for mothers who have made the decision to devote their lives to their children’s education and upbringing.
That’s what homeschooling is about after all. Moms (or dads) focus on lesson plans for their children, teaching them and guiding them… practically being with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their lives are devoted to educating and caring for their children.
Right now, I am able to get away from my children for a while and immerse myself in work. I am able to go to a different life, separate from motherhood. Even though I’m at work my kids are never far from my thoughts, but the environment away from them recharges me a little bit. Having a world outside of motherhood helps me feel like my own person, and not just my children’s mom. And I like and enjoy that. I got me a bit of ME time… which in itself.. is a little selfish.
That’s why I have a deep admiration for the sacrifice of mothers who have decided to put their children’s needs above their own lives. It’s a big and extremely selfless decision to make.
To my friend, Tere, and all of you homeschooling mothers out there… Don’t let other people sway you from what you feel is the right path for you and your child. Your decision is motivated by love and that can’t be wrong for your child.
I salute you.