I've written a lot about educating our children at home on this blog, mostly positive and happy-happy joy-joy posts, because that's generally how I feel about it. I love that we homeschool, and the majority of the time I'm glad to be doing it. But, there are some things about it that don't exactly thrill me. So, hence you believe we never think anything negative about homeschooling and/or there aren't things about it that I consider less than ideal, I present the following list.
1. Never experiencing that slightly giddy feeling of knowing once you drop all the kids off at school you have a few hours when you don't have to be "on" and can breathe.
2. Making appointments for yourself (doctor, dentist, etc.) is a major pain in the butt. Do you bring everyone? Pay a sitter? Hope Hubby can go in late/come home early that day?
3. The socialization question. It gets old. Really old.
4. Feeling like my children represent all homeschoolers when we go out in public in the middle of the day.
5. Not having an outside force to anchor my daily routine.
6. No break from small people messing up the house during the day.
7. Dealing with the days when I feel like we're not accomplishing anything.
8. Sometimes you just want to go to the commissary without having to push 70 pounds worth of kids in a rocket ship cart.
9. Siblings do not get a break from each other. (Yes, they are best buddies, but that is a lot of togetherness.)
10. That moment when someone asks you what curriculum you use and you have to quickly think of something that sounds better than we make it up as we go along.