Homeschooling is hard. That’s already understandable to some. It’s not impossible, but it does require a lot of work. But I want to be honest about it. I’m the type of mom that prefers the honest truth rather than a fake version. So, I want to throw out some honest things here.
MANAGING A HOME OF MANY IS FULL-TIME
Managing a home with 5 kids even if you are NOT homeschooling is a FULL-time job. All honesty, If you want to keep your house in decent order and semi-clean, keep everyone in clean clothes, take kids to appts, feed your kids a healthy meal once in a while etc.- it will take up a large portion of your day. It might not seem like so, but if you don’t think so, come look at my laundry room.
HOMESCHOOLING MANY KIDS IS FULL-TIME
Homeschooling 5 kids, with 5 different learning abilities in 5 different age groups is a full-time job. A large portion of our day (9-4) is teaching, grading and reviewing. I also spend many of my evenings grading papers, researching help for problems and preparing for the end of the year and the new year to come. Teachers in the school system have a hard job, I give them full credit and respect for all that they do. It is not easy. It’s a HUGE undertaking for my 5 kids, I couldn’t imagine 25+ kids. (I understand some people can homeschool in fewer hours, but with my kids’ problem areas, we have to spend more time. We also take many breaks to deal with my toddler and our puppy)
The amount of time I spend just on daily normal life AND homeschooling will take up most of my entire day. (also, my energy) Then add in church activities, outside lessons for the kids, “fun” extras and I’m already overbooked. Trying to fit in time for “family” fun time, time with your spouse and even personal time is sometimes forced. (notice- I didn’t say time with friends LOL!) It can be exhausting. Even more so, if you have little ones running around. They use up a lot of physical energy.
IT’S STILL WORTH THE TIME
So, with all that said. I would still say very honestly, that it is ABSOLUTELY worth it. It’s HARD but worth it. I know many would think that my life revolves around my kids and say it is a shame. But, I don’t see it that way. I saw a social post once that said something like “You only have 18 summers with your kids, spend them wisely” I look at it as I have 18 full years with my kids in a lifetime. Make them count. It’s more than a full-time job to do it all effectively.
There is so much more that I can say about all of this, but to bring this post to a close and make a point of telling you all this. Is that I have decided to reduce my load with writing. I am still going to keep my blog up, but since I have very limited time in my day to write and write effectively, I would rather write less often with more relevant or more useful posts than to write to try and keep up with a weekly goal. Since I, again, don’t make money on my blog, it is not as useful for me to write on a schedule as is suggested. So, I would like to write when I have time to write and editappropriately.
My kids, homeschool and normal life keep me pretty busy and so I find myself trying to write “something” for my blog every week, to stick with a schedule, but that doesn’t work for me. I also believe you are not getting the best of me, so I’d rather spend the time working on something more helpful, but will take longer for me to write.
I’m not going away, I am just regrouping, and I would rather be useful for moms who need help with momlife and many kids, kids with disabilities and also homeschooling. And if you have any ideas or questions that you would like some advice for, please contact me, email me, Instagram or Facebook me too. My whole purpose in blogging is to help other mothers and share our ideas. I’m new to the blogging world and I’m still figuring out what I want to do with it and how to meld it into my life with 5 crazy kids, (and a puppy) 😉