I just finished looking at a video blog created by a wonderful Black homeschool mom who goes by ahermit. I find her videos to be very intriguing and enjoyable. As I watched “Notes from a Black Homeschooler”, I listened intensely to the points she made. Then I began to think of my own journey with my girls and wondered if I could remember my main reason for rejecting the school system.
Because I’m Black, some do tend to think that’s why I homeschool. It has to do with inequality I suppose. I’ve gotten hints that perhaps I’m over protective or that it’s my wanting my children to have some high level of academic achievement. I’m far more concerned with their character than I am in their doing well on some standardized exam. I want to raise quality human beings- I see a huge lack in our society. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want sweet little idiots either. It goes without saying that I want them to excel academically, however, more than mere academic achievement, I want my children to be great thinkers. I find that when one has the ability to think critically, they can learn most anything they desire. They are not merely drones mindlessly following the powers that be.
But I digress…
After thinking it over, I’m happy to say that my main reason for homeschooling hasn’t changed at all. I enjoy my children! I don’t need to be away from my children for any extended periods of time in order to preserve my sanity. Of course they get on my nerves sometimes, I get on their nerves too. And Sure, I do make time for just me and will go out alone or with friends, Who am I kidding, I mostly go out alone, lol but it’s not because my children are so horribly inconveniencing my life. I did bring them into this world. They didn’t ask or beg to be born. My children were all planned. I wanted them and I still do. Besides loving them, I genuinely like them as people. They’re great!
I remember dreading the day we’d have to put my oldest in school when she was a toddler. I enjoyed living and learning alongside her. I never wanted that to end. I loved seeing her eyes light up when she’d learn something new. She always giggled when something “clicked”. I don’t want to miss that. I love being front and center for those moments and the moments when she needs some encouragement and maybe a hug because she’s not doing something as perfectly as she would like. It doesn’t have a whole lot to do with academics or sheltering them or anything like that.
I just enjoy my babies!