What About ME?

What About ME?

Today I’m honored to be guest posting over at Simple Homeschool, one of the excellent blogs in the Simple Living Media family. I’m sharing about a time when I was ready to give up, and how the solution turned out to be easier than I thought.

You don’t have to be a homeschooler to read, just someone who’s struggled with having too many great ideas and not enough time to execute them. Or perhaps an introvert who’s struggled to cope in a noisy environment.

From the post:

I was ready to quit.

I originally chose to homeschool because I thought it was absolutely the best decision for my kids. I wanted them to have the excellent education, individualized curriculum, and flexible schedule that homeschooling could provide.

But last spring, I found myself wondering if it was the best decision for me.

For the past two years, I’ve been homeschooling my 4 kids–ages 9, 7, 5 and 2. But I’m also a writer, and work part-time in my pre-kids field. As we neared the end of our second year of homeschooling, I found myself intensely dissatisfied with its opportunity cost. Sure, my kids were getting a great education–but I felt like I was giving up too much of myself to make it happen….

Head on over to Simple Homeschool to read the rest!

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  1. melyssa says:

    so, first I read and loved your post over at SH. Then, I popped over here and got lost in your popular posts. So, I subscribed. Then I went over to Pinterest and laughed at how many of the same pins we had (and stole some great ones from you). Then I realized how stalker like I was becoming, so I stopped short at Twitter. 🙂

  2. Tim says:

    Great article, Anne. I left a lengthy comment there, but it didn’t show. Perhaps it’s awaiting mderation?

    Also, I love that in the picture above the teacher is not only on a platform while the students are to one side, but she’s also on a pedestal. Subliminal message?


  3. Interesting article. I’d say there’s a parallel I’ve found with parents who are trying to work from home without childcare when they have little ones. Many of them complain to me that they have poor time management skills, but that’s not the problem. The problem is that it’s really hard to focus on two things at once, and flitting back and forth between them means that both get shortchanged. It sounds like you’ve come up with a solution that’s working for you. In the long term if it doesn’t, though, there are excellent schools out there. Some people even outsource homeschooling by hiring tutors or even a full-time teacher. With 4 kids, that can be cheaper than private school.

    • Anne says:

      Laura, that analogy between work-from-home parents and homeschooling parents sounds spot-on. My downfall in the past has been not realizing that flitting between two disparate tasks was futile! I’m learning, slowly…

      It’s a great comfort to me knowing that we do have an excellent school right down the road, where my son was previously enrolled before we decided to give this homeschooling thing a go. The major drawbacks are the schedule–it just doesn’t suit our family life–and tuition payments for 4 kids (ouch!) It had never occurred to me to hire a tutor. I have no intentions to do that right now, but knowing that I have options down the road keeps me from panicking about the here and now. Thanks for the food for thought 🙂

  4. Tara says:

    Laughing after I read Melyssa’s comment because I did the SAME THING! Well…except for Pinterest and Twitter. First, please let me say how important what you wrote was to me today. I so needed to read that. I feel so encouraged. Thank you! It’s hard to admit sometimes the homeschooling gig kinda gets a little rough on us moms. But boy howdy! I read through some of this blog and your other and thought-wow-this is a girl after my own heart. Then I saw that you are a Myers Briggs geek AND an INFP and thought-well that explains it! Anyway-I think I’ll be hanging around and checking out your stuff. It’s really great!

    • Anne says:

      Tara, thanks so much for the kind words. I love the feeling of finding a kindred spirit! I’m so glad you feel at home here 🙂

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