Homeschooling Anxiety can be a pretty stressful self-imposed annoyance. But we all get it at sometime or another. It could be just making a decision whether or not you should homeschool, the abundance of different curriculums, or trying to find out what works best for your children. The list can seem never ending.
While I love what I am doing, and I know it is the right thing for my boys. I still am riddled with doubt. I find myself straddling between two separate worlds in a lot of ways. In many ways I feel that we are on the fringe of the fringe society. The more that I do this, the more that I realize what we are doing is rare and what I want to accomplish is vast. I can’t deny we are a pretty obscure family, and the Adams Family always comes to mind when I think of who we are as family.
I am a secular homeschooler, who teaches two boys with Asperger’s. Being secular has it’s own social fo-pas amongst many homeschoolers. Most homeschoolers believe in the need for homeschooling, but even more so, a good amount of religious diet as well. While this may work for most families. I just cannot abide by it. I have never been able to subscribe to dogma. It’s not that I see anything wrong in religious teachings, and I think it’s a wonderful and beautiful route for many families. But my kids tend to pick apart everything, and many of the curriculums avoid evolution or skip over very important history viewpoints that are non-christian. Its just not a good route for us.
Amongst, the Autism group, I use this lightly because I am referring to therapist, doctors, and parents. There is a belief that because your kids need extra therapy or help, you as a parent can not offer ALL that they need at home. Their education in many ways need to more rigorous structure then other children because they may fall behind in testing. Well, I just can’t adhere to this school of thought either. Basically because I thinking teaching children to test well, in my mind, does not teach them to be life learners. I could go on and on what I disagree with public schools. It’s not the worse thing in the world, but it’s not what I want for my boys.
We spend a lot time in therapy, and the constant question I receive is, “Have you thought about sending them back to school?” or “When do you plan on sending them back?” or “Are you sure they are getting enough social interaction?” And there is only so much explanation I am willing to do. At first I didn’t mind it. But now, it’s just annoying.
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