Choosing to homeschool is not an easy decision. There are many reasons people choose to do it. Here are the many reasons that we decided to homeschool and some of the difficult decisions that had to be made in order to make homeschooling happen.
My husband is in the Army. We move very frequently. When we are stable in an area, he is often leaving for training, missions, etc. He has career objectives that could take us out of the country.
I did work in government. It was hard to keep a job while moving around. Getting a government job takes a long time. By the time I got a job, we would be moving again. I had only held one job for longer than a year (I am 31 years old).
We both love traveling and want that to be a part of our life together. We traveled frequently before having a child and want to continue to do so. It was so nice to be able to pick up and go whenever an opportunity came up, something that is hard to do if you are both working jobs that require you to show up.
Once our daughter was born, we started looking at the education system. She would be moving in the middle of school years. There was no guarantee that she would end up in a good school each time we moved (sometimes we only get a week notice that we are moving). School curriculum between school systems does not necessarily correlate with each other. Kids are being exposed to “bad” things earlier and earlier. Some things they are introduced to are not age appropriate and some even go against our beliefs. It is a lot harder to undue 8-10 hours of “bad” things when you only see your child a few hours a day. It is much easier to just teach them the right way.
Then we started thinking about what we wanted her life to be like. And ours. We both wanted her to be able to follow her dreams. If she found a passion, we wanted her to pursue it. On the other side, we did not want to spend all our time racing from one activity to the next. How do you balance the two?
Insert the Olympics. As we were watching the ice skaters, the commentators mentioned the ages that the skaters started. It was very early. In fact, the kind of training they go through would prohibit traditional schooling. They delayed schooling, were tutored, or were homeschooled. And who doesn’t admire an Olympian?
That settled it. We were homeschooling. But what about my career? I still wanted to have one. I loved working. I loved the idea of homeschooling. I love traveling. Can I really have it all?
The answer is yes and no. I couldn’t have it all if I continued in the current career I had. It just wasn’t working. But I didn’t have to leave my career field. I searched and found that I could become a writer and author. I could write about issues in the career field that I am in (as well as other things). My husband and I agreed that after he retired (our daughter would be around 12 years old), we would switch. He would take over homeschooling and I could do what I needed to do for my career. That might be writing or my desk job with the government or something else entirely.
So, I would homeschool and have a stay-at-home career while my husband pursued his dreams. Then he would homeschool and I could pursue my dreams.
And what did I find out in the process? I love being a writer and author! I would never have found this career field without choosing to homeschool. I may not even go back to the previous career I had! I truly have the best of all worlds!