If I had a dollar every time I heard this, I’d be close to having $1000.
And you’re right. With that attitude, you can’t do anything let alone homeschool.
I’ve been speaking to a mom who is very frustrated with the public school system. She is complaining her kindergarten child is learning his colors. This he has known since he was three. The teacher is ambivalent to her concerns. She says school will get harder as it goes along.
I told her to homeschool and this was her response. “I can’t homeschool.” She also said, “I need me time.”
That’s the crux of the problem. Selfishness.
150 years ago, there was no “me time”. There was no time for anything luxurious. Between making food from scratch, planting and attending crops, raising your kids, keeping your home, and struggling to survive, no time was left. 150 years ago, there were no discipline problems in school either. Because kids were extremely blessed if they had the privilege to go to school.
At my church, the pastor actually got up in front of the congregation and praised how school started so parents could rid themselves of their kids. When did shipping your kids off to school where some other adult could influence them become a celebration? Was I the only one dreading the start of school and relinquishing my children? Apparently.
Just what do these moms do with their “me time”? Meet their friends for Starbucks? Go to the gym and hang out? Do laundry? Cook dinner? Clean house? Do nothing? Some of the work is admirable like cooking dinner but how much of this “me time” is frittered away?
Our job as Christians is to raise His kids for Him. And believe it or not that takes time, effort, and a lot of hard work. There is no “me time” built in when you decided to have kids. There’s just not. You give up your life for your children. At least in my world you do. Until the day they are on their own. Then your world can be about you again if you wish (although I’m sure God wants it about Him).
If you don’t like the public school system, take your kids out. Can you imagine if everyone did that? I’m pretty sure there would be real change in the public school system if parents did. Imagine the political power if homeschooling became the rage.
Don’t complain to me about your frustrations if you’re unwilling to do anything about it. I told her to supplement at home. Again, a balk.
“I can’t. What about me?”
What about you?
More importantly, what about your son?