So if you follow me over on Instagram you have probably already seen me mention my plan to homeschool my sweet girls Alivia and Autumn. I didn’t really talk about it until earlier this year even though it is something I always knew I wanted to do. Even since before finding out I was pregnant with Alivia. The reason for that is that it wasn’t really feasible with my work schedule until recently. That is when I knew it would be happening for sure.
So I will take you back to before 2020 and lockdown. I was working at my current job with a hybrid schedule. So I would go into the office for a few days and work from home the other days each week. At this point Alivia was in a public school for preschool. I thought this was a great opportunity for her to get into a classroom and get that experience. And my goal was to find a way to let them get that experience in preschool and then move into homeschool.
So fast forward to 2020, we are quarantined and I am working from home full time. I quickly realize how possible it is to homeschool my girls if I am home with them. Even if I am working. So I quickly realized that homeschooling the girls was finally possible and I started researching it immediately.
Why I chose to homeschool
So, onto the reason behind this post. WHY? Why did I want to homeschool in the first place? Like I said, I knew I wanted to homeschool long before my children were born. I have just felt convicted for a long time that I did not want my children in public school. As a Christian and as a Black woman I didn’t want to leave my children’s education up to the American school system. I wanted more for them and I knew I wanted to develop them into people who can walk this Earth and hopefully live a life led by Christ and not the World.
So many crazy things happen in schools these days. And If I am being brutally honest I tend to make decisions out of fear. Well, the decision to not put my children into public school was originally made out of fear. I am definitely one of those parents who would shelter their kids from the world for their entire life if I could. And I know I shouldn’t be that way. But, I am grateful that my fear for my children led me to this decision. I want them to experience the very best things this world has to offer. Additionally, I want to prepare them for the worst parts as much as I can from a place of love.
I strongly believe that God intended for us as parents to be the main educators of our children. And no, homeschooling is not for everyone and that is totally ok. But I do think it is important as parents to be aware of and as involved as possible in the education our children are receiving. For me, that means homeschooling them and having control over what they are being taught and how. But that isn’t the right path for everyone.
As parents all we can do is our best for our children. I know I am absolutely blessed to be in a situation to be able to homeschool my girls. And the fact that I have a heart for it is a gift from God. Homeschooling isn’t easy, I am already overwhelmed by it all, but it will be so worth it. I am so excited for this journey and I can’t wait to share more!