If I had to narrow down the ongoing thesis in my head to just one point I wish my non-homeschooling friends truly understood about our decision to homeschool our children, it would be this:
Educating at home is not a school choice . . . it’s a lifestyle choice.
I think it’s a very common misconception that homeschooling is just one of three equally interchangeable options: public school, private school, home school. But the truth is, it’s not like that at all.
Homeschooling is not a replacement for public or private schooling. It’s not a alternate cog in the same machine. It’s a different machine altogether.
It’s taking a well-established aspect of modern life (“going” to school) that most of your friends and family (and random strangers) cannot imagine living without and voluntarily deciding to eliminate it. Completely. And then doing something else instead.
Of course the “something else” will look different for everyone, and require faith in things you can’t see clearly or predict, which is what makes the whole idea of not sending your kids to school both exhilarating and terrifying. Often in the same moment.