Someone asked me the other day why I started homeschooling my children. I had to brush the dust off those memories because it has been a long time since that first year teaching my own children. Looking back now, I think the better question would be to ask, “Why didn’t you start homeschooling your children sooner?”
Homeschooling was my desire all along because I never felt that my children were getting the best education possible at a brick and mortar school. It was 1996 and in our area homeschooling was still a novelty and there wasn’t much support (pre-internet in our home). I know…the olden days.
Being honest, I now can say that taking the steps to homeschool my children was really taking a chance on myself. At the time I didn’t know if I had the guts and the patience to homeschool with two in elementary school and two active boys under the age of three. It became so bad at school for my older two that I was willing to take a chance. It resulted in the best decision we had ever made when it came to family stuff. Homeschooling was a winner with happy kids and a very happy mom.
This started the ball rolling in my life. I felt my confidence grow and it changed me inside.
Yellowstone National Park – Artist Point
With three years of homeschooling under my belt, I felt a pull to take all four of the kids on my own on a road trip when the youngest was only three years old. My husband is a wildland firefighter and he was gone much of the summer of the year 2ooo working on big wildfires. I was caring for all four kids and I had the itch to take another chance. It became a much beloved trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.
It was four kids ages 3-13 and a small car where I had to do all the driving, all 1,800 miles of it.
Yellowstone National Park – Norris Geyser Basin
The kids were golden on this trip. We had made a pact with each other to be positive and cooperative for the whole eight day adventure. Believe it or not, we made it a happen. No fighting or arguing about anything. Every 100 miles the two older kids switched seats…rotating from the back seat with the two little boys to the front seat with mom. It worked.
Yellowstone National Park – Wildflowers!
After this trip, I felt so empowered. Taking a chance, risking all the “what if’s” and coming out the other side of the road trip made me a better person.
Maybe you are thinking about taking a chance on changing your homeschool in some way or trying a new direction in your life..it is scary to make decisions and changes. But, it may just be the best decision you ever made.
Risking nothing is safe but you will never know what experiences you can have and where it will lead you if you just take the chance.