My frustrations are my own and I would never berate a mama for doing structured activities and academics at a young age. I guess it's my own frustrations with what the internet is teaching unknowing mamas about homeschooling which mirrors what is going on in the public school system. It's my own frustrations with the world and my own need to say ENOUGH! Time to stop and simplify. According to the internet blogoshere (where many people get their info) homeschooling is complicated and full of lapbooks and printables and themed weeks and a lot of time consuming effort. I applaud the mamas who can do happily and keep up but I would say they are the minority. Uh, or maybe I'm just the three-headed freak.
I am also wondering how our own upbringings affect what we do with out children. Personally, I am very schooled. My mom's doctor told her to put me into preschool for 2 years to help me become more unattached to her. I was reading 3rd grade level in K. My parents never had me skip a grade but I was always singled out of the class and separated because I was performing so above grade level. In high school I graduated #1/300. After college I was accepted full ride into a law school. Thankfully, I bucked, became a firefighter/EMT, meet my hubby, and became a homemaker. And yes, my family (okay, father) looks at it as a "failure" that I am a homemaker and not "living up to my potential." My schooling and activities in my early life and left a feeling that nothing is ever enough. No "success" is ever enough and I am never good enough. I'm sure I am pushing heavily against that when I seek delayed academics for my children. I don't want them to have what I had.
In the mean time I'm daring to live life how I want to. I'm daring myself to be the person I want to, the mama I want to, and the homeschooler I want to. But those darn blogs suck me in and sometimes I get caught up.
As an aside: there is no secret to getting a 4 y.o. to clean the chicken coop. She wants to! Does that mean my 4 y.o. has inherited my three-headed tendances?
Lillian J - I am very sorry to hear the news.