I’ve been homeschooling since my oldest child entered Kindergarten, 6 and a half years ago. But I’m not gonna lie. There have been plenty of pull-my-hair-out moments when sending them all to public school seemed like a pretty good option. At the very least, it seemed like the sane choice because only crazy women, like me, would choose to homeschool so many children.
Yet, here we are … still alive and homeschooling. And surprisingly, my kids aren’t screaming to be free from my clutches. But if they did, I would be forced to tell them about some public school encounters that they, so far, have been fortunate enough to avoid all these years.
Public School Experiences My Homeschool Kids Can Avoid
Many first day of school memories have begun on the sidewalk, waiting nervously for that all-too-familiar bright, yellow bus. The stares from a million eyes when you first board. The agony of deciding where to sit. The awkwardness of sitting next to someone you don’t know. The embarrassment of nearly face-planting as you walk down the aisle just as the bus jerks forward. I speak from experience.
I’ve had my share of bully encounters. With my awful haircut and ginormous glasses, it was inevitable. I guess it wasn’t that bad. No one beat me up after school or stole my lunch money. But still, it’s never fun to be the object of someone’s jeers. The closest thing my kids will get to being bullied would probably be from their little brother.
My educational resume includes a brief stint at a reputable private school, but even there, rumors circulated about the restrooms being haunted. After transferring to a public school, I was willing to take haunted toilets any day over the nasty bathrooms down the hall. Being homeschooled, my kids are definitely spoiled when it comes to bathroom usage. No wads of wet toilet paper on the ceiling. Flushable wipes within reach. They don’t even need a bathroom pass to go during school hours. These kids have no clue how good they have it!
For my very first cafeteria experience, bean burritos were on the menu … at least, that’s what they called it. I took an innocent bite, and after that, it was a blur. I don’t know if I spit it out, threw up, or bravely swallowed that mushy substance. I never even considered eating another burrito until my later teen years. Everyone has their own cafeteria food horror story. Maybe after all these years, public schools have improved their menus, but I guess my kids will never know.
I applaud all you moms, who rouse your family so early and manage to get them all in their classrooms before the first bell rings. And to do that five days a week, well you deserve a standing ovation! Getting all 5 of my children in the car before 8 in the morning, with a happy disposition and with coffee in hand, would be nothing short of a miracle.
Were you a product of our public school system? What are some of your memorable moments?
Are you a homeschooling family? What are your favorite things about being a homeschooler?