So I'm not usually one to get all 'ruffled' by the Mompetition neurosis that rampages through our society. You know, how all the social medias, books, moms groups etc. can create this unrealistic pressure to be the 'everything' Mom, that does every.thing.right.
The guilt, the insecurities, the nagging doubts... the comparing.
Yeah, I try to avoid those traps as much as I can... but one place I keep faltering:
- how to 'school' our children.-
You guys I am flustered and floundered on this topic!
I mentioned that we decided to keep our daughter home this year (though she technically would have qualified for junior kindergarten)... but I didn't mention how I also last minute called the Principal of a nearby school and asked if there were any openings! I was feeling very undecided to say the least...
I see so many pros and cons to both sides of the decision (whether to pursue homeschooling or enrol them in school for the future). I swing one direction.. and then think of a counter argument/concern and swing the other way.
This is the one place I find myself falling for the trap of 'comparing' with other mothers. I see homeschooling mamas and think "they're so organised.. and I'm a chaotic mess"! I don't have the cute charts, magnets and work stations.. I just have a sweet owl bell that we ring for 'class' that lasts about 10 minutes and we're off to something else.
I don't 'feel' like a teacher.. if that makes sense.
Heck, I even tried to tell our daughter that a hexagon had five sides... and then googled it to discover that's a SIX sided shape... doh.
So much for kindergarten being child's play for me.
Hubby Ben is always the voice of reason around here.. and assured me that maybe I was 'making things too complicated' in thinking that I had to measure up to some ideal of what homeschooling this year was to look like.
She's three, almost four.
Keep it simple.
Keep doing what we're doing...
I'm thankful life comes one step at a time, these days I really need those small steps!
Here's hoping this year brings me more clarity (instead of competition) about what's best for our children's education.
Did you find the decision this daunting?...
mama Mel ;o)