To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool? That is the Question.

Who here is struggling with whether or not to homeschool in the fall? I am raising my hand virtually, because I can’t decide! I mean, on the one hand, I am totally in fear of the fact that I will have to be their teacher again, and I’m gonna be honest…I wasn’t that great at it! Not only did I lack some real patience, but I also let them have recess too long, and I skimmed over some stuff, and I totally let them take advantage of me, like we used to do when we told the substitute we were never given homework on Tuesdays.

On the other hand, I don’t want to send them to school and worry each day that they’re carrier monkeys who didn’t wear their masks, or didn’t wash their hands, and did not keep their distance at recess. I can say now from my observations this summer, that when kids get together, the distance seems to go out the window. So then, I think, “Okay, let’s just bite the bullet, and I will step up and be a good teacher. I will have a curriculum, and I will stick to a schedule and I will forgo my life for the school year, even more so.”

Then…I sit on the couch and stare out the window, frozen, and think about making a run to the liquor store.

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Fact: I didn’t look like this. I was not smiling, and my hair isn’t that short.

So maybe I won’t make a decision. Isn’t that a decision? I just want people to decide for me. I remember going to therapy, and I’d ask the therapist, “Can’t you just tell me what to do?” And she’d be all, “No, that’s not my job! You have to figure that out for yourself. I can lead you in that direction, but I can’t make a decision for you.” Well that made my decision: not to go to therapy anymore…

Also, don’t our decisions constantly change? Or is that just me? For example, today, I implored my children to go to the beach with me. See how messed up that sounds? Like, I have to beg someone to go to the BEACH? How ’bout y’all get a job, and then we can talk about how painful the beach is… Anyway, so my daughter says to me, “No! I’m not going so you can sit on your can in the sun and not swim!”

SIT ON MY CAN!

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What I sit on

Can you believe she said that to me? First off, where’d she get that expression (#guilty?). Second, I had to not laugh (even though it was kinda hysterical) and tell her that she better shape up and stop disrespecting me.

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So we decided not to go to the beach and instead to go to the Vineyard on the ferry boat. Good plan? Okay, maybe. So I go get dressed, walk the dogs, get ready to roll, and the kids are not moving. They’re now settled in with their devices, playing Adopt Me and Shark Hunt, and now I’m pacing back and forth like a rabid hyena telling them we “NEED TO GO!” so we can find parking and get on the hot, COVID ferry only to ride over and be hot in a mask. They didn’t respond.

So I decided not to go to the Vineyard.

Now I am doing this.

See? I can’t make a decision. Can you? Homeschool or no? 

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2 thoughts on “To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool? That is the Question.”

  1. This is a tough decision. As a teacher, I totally understand the fear of the demands of teaching at home. Not an easy task in school, never mind at home with their mom. I guess the only thing I can say is that during this unsettled time, whatever decision you do make, it will be the right one knowing you are doing what’s best for your kids. I have major reservations about going back to school for several reasons and couldn’t agree more with you that young kids just don’t get social distancing. If parents think it’s best for the kids to go back to school with the warped mentality that things will look and feel “normal”, then they are fooling themselves. I have only got a glimpse of what we as teachers are going to have to enforce with the kids for everyone’s safety and it’s not going to be easy. It certainly will infringe on “time on learning” and my ability to teach the skills that need to be taught. So, I am with you…. undecided. Sorry to not be able to help you make a decision.

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    1. Hi. Thanks for commenting! I am sure it must be so difficult to be a teacher during these times. You are on the front lines also and responsible for containing this virus, when, as you said, it’s not really your primary function! I can’t imagine. Thank you for teaching our children, whether it be remotely or in school. I hope we can find a solution/vaccine soon to help us all out.

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