It’s “back-to-school” time, which means many of my non-homeschooling friends are saying “Oh, Thank God!” Which, of course, homeschoolers often find incredibly sad. I think those friends are also looking forward to the return of routine and order, and cooler weather, so I tend to be sympathetic, rather than imagining that they can’t wait to be away from their children. (Except for the ones who say, “I can’t wait to get away from these children!”)
This is distinct from “end-of-school” time, when non-homeschooling friends can be heard to say “Oh My God It’s Only Been One Week!”
Anyway . . . this is a time of year when homeschooling comes up in conversations, and we hear that “Oh I could never!” “I don’t have the patience.” “My child is too intense/stubborn/strong-willed.” (This one makes me snort coffee out my nose. Uh, have you met my kids?) “I’d go nuts!” “We’d make each other crazy.”
I don’t have a great response to this — I’m not patient, my kids are really intense and stubborn, and sometimes we do make each other crazy. Plus I probably said the same thing, once upon a time. But I just saw this great series of photos that say so much more than my words ever could.
Of course, homeschooling is not the answer for every family, but probably not for the reasons the “I could never” people think.