Friday, April 10, 2015

My Real Life Homeschool has Bright Spots Too

I had plans to write a bit more this week, but it has been just a crazy couple of months, and this week was at least as insane as all the others.

So I could talk about guilt.  That was one topic I planned for.  You know, because every time my kids struggle, I feel like I have totally failed them.  "If only I had..." comes up far too often in my thoughts.

Or I could talk about how long it has been since I've had serious one-on-one time with an adult.  Except that actually, I had a couple weeks of it recently with Dad.  Not quite the same, so be careful what you wish for. 

I could talk about all the things we are missing out on, like paid-for dual enrollment for Connor.  But that depresses me.  Because maybe I am failing him.

Or I could talk about how my job ends up getting me totally crazy busy doing things and I don't have the time to actually do school.  You know, another area where I'm failing.

But there is a completely different side of my Real Life Homeschool.

That is evident when I see my 14-year-old making a stop-motion film with his little brother.  Or when the 16-year-old is brushing his 9-year-old sister's hair.  Or the 17-year-old is making sure I realize that I've hurt the 14-year-old's feelings.

These guys interact in ways that matter to me.

My Real Life Homeschool also includes moments where I'm trying to get out of someplace, only I can't.  Because my kids are busy cleaning up, or putting away chairs, or otherwise being responsible, productive, helpful people.

Real Life Homeschool also includes moments where I have a teen explaining 4th dimension theory to me (not that he succeeds in making me understand it) and people who do understand the theoretical implications inform me that he does have a solid grasp of it.

Or the 11-year-old is having a casual conversation with adults, and they have to get him to define some of the vocabulary he is using.

So, I suppose, I can't be screwing everything up.

Discover real life in other homeschools with the Schoolhouse Review Crew bloggers! Join the blog hop to read more!

Real Life Homeschool Blog Hop

Here are some of the other blogs that are participating.  I'll be linking up ten a day!  Twenty today, because <ahem> I didn't post yesterday.

Life at Rossmont
A Stable Beginning
Happy Little Homemaker
Joyful Hearts and Faces
Day by Day in Our World
Mama's Coffee Shop
Delightful Learning
Double O Farms
Tales of a Homeschool Family
Home Sweet Life
A Rup Life

Indy Homeschool
The Open Window-An Autism Blog
Creative Madness Mama
Hopkins Homeschool
Tots and Me...Growing Up Together
Our Journey
Crystal Starr
A Little This ... A Little That
For the Display of His Splendor

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