My decision to homeschool was not an easy one for me. I’m a single mom. I’m a graduate student. I don’t work. And my oldest son has Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), ADHD, and he’s gifted. Clearly I’ve got a lot on my plate.
When I first mentioned that I wanted to homeschool my boys I was told, “When you get done with law school, you’ll be making enough money so you won’t have to homeschool. You’ll be able to afford private school.”
When it became clear that I was going to be a single mom I was told, “You can’t homeschool. You have to find a job to support yourself and the boys.” When I graduated from law school and opted not to take the bar and work so that I could pursue more education, everyone wanted to know, “How are you going to go to school, work, and homeschool?”
And when my son was diagnosed with all those lovely (at times scary) letters, people kept telling me, “You know there are people that are paid to deal with kids like your son. You don’t have the education to keep him at home. It’s just going to make things worse for you and him in the long run.”
Even after homeschooling for a year I still hear from the naysayers. “Exactly how long do you think you’re going to keep this up? Don’t you think you should be working? They have drugs for that so he can go to school you know.” It’s never ending.
I know that I’ve made an unpopular choice when it comes to my children’s education. But that doesn’t mean it’s not the right choice. It doesn’t mean that it’s not time-consuming and exhausting or that I don’t have days when I want to throw in the towel.
But it does mean that we have more time together as a family. It does mean that I can allow my son to work at his own pace and in his own way. I feel proud of us when I see him reading at a second grade level and understanding third grade science and math. It warms my heart to listen as my son teaches his younger brother to read. And it brings tears to my eyes when my boys come to me and tell me how happy they are that I’m home with them and helping them to learn.
LaToya is a single, homeschooling mom of two bouncing boys. She lives for the quiet moments of the day which are few and far between with two rambunctious young men running around the house. She strives each day to life fully for God and although she often falls short she is determined to stay the course. LaToya blogs about her life at Christian Momma. You can also find her on Twitter and Facebook.