I have a love/hate relationship with homeschooling.
Sometimes I wonder why I do it. I mean, really, why? It truly does take a bit of time. It's hard work--not necessarily because of the academics (for me) but in dealing with attitudes in my children and *ahem* myself. Other areas in my life often take a back seat: reading, writing, music, exercise, outings with friends, and *gulp* lots of time with my buddy-boy, Samuel. Don't get me wrong. Those things are still in the mini-van, just in the back seat.
We were in Maryland for Thanksgiving. Dave's parents and older brother (and family) live there--about 20 minutes from each other. Tuesday morning, we three Mrs. G's went out for breakfast. It was lovely. I'd never been to Panera Bread before, so that part was a treat in and of itself, but the company was even sweeter than my cinnamon roll. I came to find out that the other two Mrs. G's do this every week. Every week? *sigh*
I used to lead a Thursday morning Bible study--which I loved. As homeschooling got more involved (i.e. the workload got harder and I added another student), I prayerfully decided to let that go. I simply didn't have the time. I really miss that.
I also have a book idea which has been rolling around in my head for a couple of years.
I'd like to spend more time practicing music--especially piano and violin.
And this last one's the kicker...poor Samuel. I really feel like he gets the short end of the stick when it comes to my attention.
I'm often tempted at the thought of putting the kids in public school. I know there are time commitments to that as well (PTA, fundraisers, school events, volunteering), but it can't add up to all the time I put into homeschooling. There would be time for me to do more of the things I've listed above. I'm especially tempted on Mondays. Oy...Mondays. And the Mondays after a break? Well, I've actually had the phone book in my hand, ready to look up numbers for the elementary and middle schools.
Okay, so that's all the "hate" part of it--and honestly, that's too strong of a word for my feelings. Frustrated is more accurate than hateful, and there are plenty of things about homeschooling which I truly love. I'll tell you about that later; because, I'm going to steal a few minutes at the piano before everyone else gets up.