Have you ever prepared yourself for a certain question or situation, knowing that it will come up eventually (and most likely repeatedly) only to totally draw a blank when it actually does?
That was me yesterday.
I was chatting with another mom at the park while the kids played when she asked if Tobi would be going to school in the fall. I told her that we were homeschooling, and she asked the inevitable question: “What made you decide to homeschool?”
Now, I like to think that we have great reasons for homeschooling.
I want our kids to be sheltered from a lot of the stuff you find in schools these days. Bad language, sex, drugs, violence, bullying, etc. I don’t want them to be taught in science class that evolution is fact or that dinosaurs were around dozens of millions of years ago. I don’t want them to feel like they have to sacrifice morals for popularity.
Research shows that homeschoolers have higher test scores.
I want to spend more time with my kids!
I want them to have more one-on-one attention than a teacher with a 30-something student class size is able to give them.
My son is very high energy with a low tolerance for frustration. I’m positive that he would labeled with ADD or ADHD and that they would try to have me put him on medication.
I want family to have a greater influence on them than peers.
There are many more reasons as to why we’re homeschooling; these are just the first few that come to mind now.
Did any of these reasons pop into my head when I was at the park chatting with the other mom? Nope! All I could think of, while I was grabbing pinecones out of Josiah’s mouth and reminding Tobi not to throw sand with the shovel was,
“Well, we have friends that homeschool and we liked the idea. (Even though we wanted to homeschool before we knew others who did, these friends are a great encouragement to us.) We also want to protect our kids from the bad stuff in schools.”
Yep..that’s all I could think of.