I began homeschooling my 13 year old daughter in August this year and I recently registered my 12 year old daughter so I can homeschool her next year.
The decision to homeschool was not an easy one to make – my 13 year old has been asking for a while and I always said no. The fact that I didn’t agree to homeschool her during her primary years has been a difficult decision for me to come to terms with recently. When my children were little, the thought of them going to school filled me with dread. I was one of those ‘weird’ mothers who loved spending as much time as possible with my children. Once they began mainstream school I was the mother who lived for school holidays and hated it when they were over.
My youngest hated school so much that she cried every morning at drop-off for two-and-a-half years! I felt guilty then, but you wouldn’t believe the guilt that I feel now that I’m going to be homeschooling her throughout her high school years!
The question I ask myself is ‘Why didn’t I consider homeschooling from the beginning?’
The answer makes me angry at myself. ‘I didn’t know I could!’ and ‘I didn’t know it would be so easy!’
My husband reassures me by pointing out that our 12 year old is still the funny, outgoing, talkative energy ball she has always been. And she has made some amazing friends I am hoping she will keep. Our 15 year old son (who broke my heart by crying when I dropped him off at kindergarten) is now happily attending a sports academy. He hated high school until we enrolled him in the soccer academy).
Now she is homeschooled, our 13 year old is happy (love seeing her beautiful smile every morning), less anxious, learning at her own pace and generally enjoying life.
It all helps ease my parental guilt – at least until the next time I think of something to feel guilty about!
Until next time…
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Author: Lara Galea
Lara is a freelance writer, blogger, photographer and homeschooler. When not helping others with their journey, she is either reading, binge-watching Netflix or creating havoc in the kitchen.