Sometimes I feel so conflicted.
When I'm posting here I like to keep it real. Unschooling is awesome, I
love it, but its not all sunshine and rainbows. It's hard sometimes,
and I don't mind sharing my struggles here.
When I'm face to
face with other parents though, I feel like I'm representing the entire
unschooling community when I answer questions. So when my neighbor is
telling me how she's booking
up her son's summer so she doesn't have to be with him 24/7 for three
months, and she says to me, "I don't know how you deal with your kids
being with you all day, every day. I couldn't do it." I feel compelled
to say something about how much I love being with my kids and how great
I think those types of answers are doing the
homeschooling movement a disservice. Instead I wish I would say
something like, "You know, it was really hard at first. We had to
relearn how to live together. But its gotten easier and I really do
enjoy it now. Of course there are good and bad days. If you ever choose
to homeschool I'd be happy to commiserate with you while the kids play."
I don't want to perpetuate the image that homeschooling
parents are super-human, uber-patient, Stepford Moms. I don't want to
make other moms feel badly for feeling like they couldn't do it. I used
to feel like that too. I want to be encouraging and supportive and REAL.
I'm going to keep working on this.