Motherhood Monday #6: Motherhood Miscommunications

Sadly, I missed the last two Motherhood Mondays due to having some minor oral surgery and sick kids. But I'm on the mend today and ready to join back in! This week, we are discussing miscommunications in motherhood. I'm interested to see what everyone comes up with, because this topic can take on a life of it's own!


I think it's fair to say that as homeschoolers, we experience a lot of miscommunications. People think we are like the Duggars (please don't compare us), that we're "overly religious", that our kids are never socialized, and a thousand other assumptions. There's certainly a laundry list of things I've heard and I've only been homeschooling my kids for a few years.

What's on my heart today is that the stigma that comes with homeschooling doesn't have to be there. We chose to homeschool for very personal reasons that I don't share publicly due to the nature of the issue. We've had our hard moments through out the short time we've been homeschooling, but overall it really works great for us.

Our kids enjoy the flexibility. We've recently connected with new homeschooling families and I know that makes it even more enjoyable for our kids. They are still involved in sports, scouting, and other activities. The options available to homeschooling families has really grown over the last several years since it is becoming more common. It's especially nice if you're in a homeschool friendly state, which we definitely are.

So the next time you encounter a homeschooling family, or a family who does something different than yours, try not to make assumptions and judge. I promise we're just a normal family who has decided to educate our children in a different way.

Check out the other ladies linking up for Motherhood Monday this week!


Comments

  1. I am so impressed whenever I see/hear that someone homeschools. As a former teacher I know that teaching isn't an easy task and takes ALOT of hard work and dedication. There are so many fun things and cool things that homeschool families are able to participate in. Props to you :)

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  2. I definitely do not think of the Duggars when I think of homeschooling. They are so extreme that it's ridiculous to compare them to anyone. I think of my husband. His siblings and he were homeschooled for at least half of their education. They're all very well adjusted and smart people. I think homeschooling is a perfectly wonderful option especially to public school. I taught public school, and I know too much about the system to be excited about sending my kids through public school.

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  3. here here!! I do think that homeschooling and religiousness to get lumped together a lot. Thank you for speaking your heart.

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  4. I can only imagine the insensitive and judgy comments you get when you say you homeschool your kids! Great reminder that we're all doing the best we can and what is best for our families and assumptions and judgments from others just make life unnecessarily harder/more uncomfortable! -- Lisa | Naptime Chai

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Farrah
Hi! I'm Farrah, a stay at home mom in Iowa.
I spend my days homeschooling five kids,
running them to extracurricular activities,
and learning how to run a large family household.
I blog about natural living and my journey with Celiac Disease.