Homeschooling: This Time the Decision Was Easy

For the past two years, I've pondered our decision to homeschool as the local public schools begin their new school year. Despite the conviction that this is the best thing for our Sunshine, who enters first grade this year, I've still asked myself if we're really doing the right thing. I wonder what it would be like to send her to school instead. Last year as her kindergarten cohort marched off to school for the first time, she went to the library and the park, and I sat wondering if we would regret our choice.

Little did we know that the whole world would fall apart six months later.

When all the local schools sent students home, I was so glad that we made the decision we did. Our first official year of homeschooling went just fine, and while our extra-curriculars were cut out, the bulk of our learning proceeded undisturbed while so many others were suddenly floundering.

There are more and more days lately when I think it would be so much easier to just send Sunshine to school. (I know that's not actually true given our particular child and our own particular personalities, but the grass is always greener, right?)

Homeschooling is a lot of work, even when you do it the relaxed way we do it. Parenting in general is just hard, and doing it 24/7 while we stay safe at home is exhausting. I still think this is the best decision for our particular child, especially as our school district launches their school year fully online.

Once again we're here, and for the most part we're content. The decision this year was a no-brainer.

Who knows what next year will bring.