Yesterday I wrote about what homeschooling has taught me about myself over the years.
I have not only grown in knowledge through my homeschooling experience with my kids, but I have also changed quite a bit too.
1. Homeschooling has made me more patient. My kids might argue with this as I am impatient by nature, but I was alot worse before we began homeschooling. I remember losing my temper almost every morning in an effort to get the kids on the school bus. I also remember walking away from the homework table in a huff as the kids were not moving fast enough. I now allow the kids to go when they have to go slow knowing they will pick up the pace at other times. As for being late… well, there just isn’t as much to be late for, so that is a non-issue. I have even learned to stop stressing over being late for church. While it makes me uncomfortable, I know that the world is not going to end. This is why I always quietly smile when someone tells me they are not patient enough to homeschool. If they only knew.
2. Homeschooling has made me smarter and wiser. I thought I was bright before we started homeschooling. Well seven years of math and science has a very positive effect on the brain. The daily mental exercises has caused my IQ to go up 20 points and become much more well read. Needless to say, I also find it funny when people say they are not smart enough to homeschool. Read every day for several years and you will get there.
3. Homeschooling has made me freer. I wouldn’t say that I have lost respect for time, rules, and structure, but I don’t let myself be bound by these things. I am where I need to be when I need to be there, but I don’t overburden myself with agendas of other people. Because we homeschool I have learned to slow down and enjoy my kids, my home, and what we are doing together as a family. We still get out and about and mix with others, but togetherness is our first priority. I have been more comfortable doing things for us first.