We’ve all seen the catalogs with pictures of children and mother sitting quietly around the kitchen table, doing their daily lessons. The picture shows them smiling. The house is clean and everything looks so calm and serene. If you look closely, the mom even had time to accessorize her outfit a little. Wow! A beautiful portrait of homeschooling!
Welcome to my homeschool ~ The mom in her pajamas; that’s me. The two kids rolling their eyes as I dictate spelling words, those are my students. Oh, and please don’t look in the kitchen sink; you’re likely to find breakfast and lunch dishes still in there. That pile of stuff on the coffee table? That’s our science experiment (at least, that’s what we tell people ;-)).
That’s what my family looks like on a typical homeschool day; and the actual “school” part sometimes comes far and few between because of all the “stuff” that life throws at us.
Not all homeschool families are still in their pajamas in the afternoon and struggling to get ahold of the day. I know a few that should be on the cover of a curriculum catalog; the perfect, shining example of a homeschool family. I admire them. I’d love to have their perfectly balanced schedule, clean home and happy children. But that’s them, not me.
It’s easy to lay the mommy guilt on yourself. Especially when you see these model families in the catalogs and see the general goodness of it all portrayed on websites. Remember, the catalogs are trying to sell you the notion that their curriculum is all you need to obtain this utopian homeschool. Don’t compare you, your home or your children to these standards; you’ll always be disappointed.
Your homeschool will always be a unique blend of you and your family. It may not be perfect, but what is?