We've been homeschooling for about two years now; longer, if you count birth through pre-kinder. And the number one response I get when people find out we're homeschoolers is "I don't have the patience for that!"
I just want to encourage anybody who wants to homeschool but doesn't think they have the patience, or intellect, or supermom-ness. That you DO have the patience and probably more! Here's a list of things that homeschooling moms never ever have to deal with that you probably do on a daily basis:
1. Waking up at a designated hour. Probably before dark! Just go ahead and cross that off the list in the homeschooling world. Unless of course you're going on a really cool field trip or to an early religious service or you're some weirdo who likes to be up and at 'em. No. Just. No.
2. Getting dressed in the morning according to anybody else's standards. No uniforms here unless they're self-enforced!
3. School busses or school drop offs. 'Nuff said.
4. Permission slips.
5. Backpacks. Backpack checking. Backpack purchasing. Backpack labeling. Backpack theft?
6. Homework. Errrr. wait.... But it's different at home. I swear.
7. Weird *math* homework. I thought this one differed from generic homework. I know it's controversial. Regardless on where you stand on the new-fangled common core math stuff, if you homeschool, you can choose the funny new style or the old style. Woohoo for math autonomy!
8. School fundraising. While I think most people agree that it's a necessary and good thing to raise money for school, it can be kind of a pain, right? Bye bye door to door Tupperware and candy bar sales!
9. That one kid at school who taught your kid the f-bomb. Okay I don't know if that really happens. I just made that one up. But if you really want to you can totally shelter your kids and they will have no clue about what it's like in the real world! *snort*
10. Fees for things. There's a fee for lots of things I hear, from my mom-friends who think they don't have as much patience as me. You only pay fees for things you want to pay fees for!
See. I don't have the patience to send them to school!