Sunday, September 9, 2007
Home Spun comic strip #134
So you had a bad day.
One thing I've learned from 10 years of homeschooling, never look for sympathy from outside the homeschooling community. Most well meaning friends, family, or acquaintances will respond to any complaint with "Why don't you send them to school?" Which is silly. I love what I do. If I didn't, I would send them to school.
I also loved attending an art focused high school, teaching gymnastics, and doing juggling shows. If any of these had caused a bad day, I could easily complain about it and get all the support I desired. No one suggested I switch schools, because they knew I loved art. No one suggested I quit my job, because you have bad days on the job. With running my own entertainment business, everyone agreed that it is hard to be self-employed. Even when you are doing something you love.
So what's the difference? Why is it assumed I have an automatic escape with homeschooling? Because it is still the exception, not the rule. We fit in no category but our own. We are not stay at home moms. We are not career women. (I use women for the sake of simplicity, nods to the homeschooling dads in the audience.) We work without pay, doing what we believe is important. Teaching our own. However you have decided to teach them, you are a rebel simply because you have turned from the well traveled path.
It's funny, as I was preparing this week's series, a woman asked me if my children were back in school. I said no, I homeschool. Her response was, "Oh! I assume you have some experience in teaching?"
"Well yes," I said, "but I've learned more from kids than I ever did teaching."