I met a new friend the other day. When they saw it was the middle of the morning and my kids were with me, they asked me, “So, are you a stay-at-home mom?” All I could do was stare at her with a blank, deer-in-the-headlights look and smile and nod. Am I a stay-at-home mom? Yes and no.
I couldn’t answer her with a real answer. The true answer is that most mornings are filled with chaos in our home. The ministry phone is ringing, josh is answering the business lines constantly. The dog is barking at anything but a real emergency. And somehow in the middle of running a business and a ministry, I am there with cold coffee, and in sweat pants attempting to finish the first draft of my second book and teach the kids. So, yes, new friend, I am a mom who stays at home. I am a business woman, a minister, a writer and author, and now a teacher. Life is never as simple as a yes and no answer. That’s why we need community so much.
You see, most people don’t understand what your life is like. Stereotypes are much easier to utilize than getting to know the truth about those around us. That’s the difference between society and community. I’ll save that tangent for another day.
I had another good friend of mine who was celebrating the end of school for her kids. She was so excited to have the summer “off”. Our family doesn’t know what that is like. We homeschool year round. When I used to hear the terms, year-round schooling, pictures of slow and painful death flooded my mind. That just sounded dreadful. Why would anyone put themselves through such a thing?
Until I did.
Our family uses Mother Goose Time Curriculum for preschool and kindergarten. I am head-over-heels in love with our team at MGT. They are a community that invests into one another. You need that if you are going to take the leap into teaching your children. That is the reason our family decided to becoming a homeschooling family. Our one goal has always been relationship. And this road was an organic step to accomplishing that for our tribe.
A couple weeks ago, my mom called me from Ohio and said she was surprising me by flying down south for my birthday. It was last minute. If we were a 9-5 family, her visit would not have been near as much fun as it was. Because we homeschool year round, we were able to take that week off and focus on building a relationship and memories with the kids Grammy, and their Great-Mamaw.
What’s more, we didn’t miss anything. My kids weren’t “behind”. In fact, they are ahead. Tell me again why people think homeschooling is strange? What could be strange about investing in your family? What could be strange about being free? To be your own boss? To use the short time you have with one another? Seems to me like it is strange not to.
Year round homeschooling can free your family for life’s surprises. It can help you juggle the other demands and roles in your life as well, without your children being left behind. Each day I am a business woman, a writer, an author, a teacher, a minister, a wife, a mom, a friend. And more. Instead of becoming burnt out, I can satisfy all of my obligations with excellence.
This summer we are doing a year review. We are also learning to swim and starting piano lessons. I am so excited about our learning adventures.
Year-Round Homeschooling Can:
- Give your family freedom and flexibility
- Help you prioritize your family over set learning timelines
- Learn at your own pace
- Get off-season rates on vacations, learning adventures, theme parks, and more.
- Help teach your children that learning is a lifestyle
What about your family? Are you living in your dreams together? Are you free?