Hey, homeschooling can be hard.
Whether you have just one kid or a dozen.
[Okay, it’s probably slightly harder if you have a dozen.]
But you aren’t alone.
[Ever, because you are with your kids 24/7.]
Sorry, couldn’t resist. That’s not really what I meant. You aren’t alone, really.
There are a heaps of us homeschool mums out here, dealing with the same day-to-day issues you are…
- Like when everything is going wonderfully, the kids are all working quietly at the table next to each other and your oldest reaches out and purposefully touches his younger sister’s paper. With one finger. Right in the middle of where she’s working. Which requires her to protest. Loudly.
- Or when you realise you forgot to print something so you head to the printer only to find upon your return that all of your students have disappeared.
- Or maybe the doorbell rings and surprise! there’s a package and somehow it takes half an hour to get back to schoolwork even though the package was just new printer ink.
- And dealing with friends and family who don’t get it. Feeling judged by said friends and family. Sometimes silently. Sometimes not-so-silently.
- How about the incessant ‘Can I have a break?’ question after only ten minutes of actual work has been completed.
- And my personal favourite…when the preschooler is left to his own devices and pulls out every toy he can possible reach and drags them all over the house while you are busy with his siblings. Did a bomb go off? Sigh. No, we just have a three-year-old.
G’day, I’m Sheryll.
I’m so glad you’re here. I’m a homeschooling mum of four in Victoria, Australia. And I think homeschooling is sometimes hard. Quite hard, to be honest. If you do too, you’re in the right place.
I’ve been waiting for someone to invent the homeschool fairy who will come along, sprinkle a little glitter, say some magic words, and make our homeschool look like the ideal I have in my head.
Who am I kidding, though? One sprinkle of glitter and I’d be after said fairy with a vacuum before any magic could take place.
Let’s be real.
I’m hoping this blog will provide a little bit of encouragement to other homeschoolers. Because you aren’t alone. You’ve given up a lot to do this job. This never-ending, 24/7, always-with-your-kids job. And we can talk about all the benefits of homeschooling, all the fun times, the fabulous moments, the great projects, the fun curriculum, the flexibility, and all the reasons you’re soooo happy you choose this path of homeschooling your kids. Because it is all those things.
But it can still be hard. And I think we should talk about the hard bits too. Not just the sunshine and rainbows. The real bits. Will you join me?
Did I mention we spent 18 months travelling around Australia?
A few years ago we packed up our belongings, put it all in storage, and spent a year and a half travelling around Australia in a caravan (aka ‘trailer’ for Americans). All six of us lived in about 125 square feet. Plus our front yard, which was rather large and changed everywhere we went.
All told, we lived in our caravan for two years (minus a couple of months spent overseas at the beginning and end of our journey).
Sound like a dream? You can do it too. I write about our adventures with full-time travel here.
About that accent…
Also…did I mention I’m American? That ‘G’day’ I said earlier still feels rather foreign to me. We moved here just before our daughter was born. Sometimes I write about what it’s like to live here in Australia.
See, if you are American and you are reading this, I know your secret. You’re just a little (or maybe a lot) fascinated with Australia. I get it, I do. Visiting this great land might even be on your bucket list. Until then, you can read a bit about what it’s like to live here, and have a peak at some of the places we saw.
And if you subscribe I’ll send you an email once in awhile. About homeschooling. And Australia. And homeschooling in Australia. And living in Australia. And living in Australia while homeschooling. (Did I get them all?)
Cheers! (That still feels foreign too!)
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