My husband and I have had a tumultuous 4 years, where, in the end, he was diagnosed bipolar and had a drug addiction. He's on meds now and kicked the drugs. For the past 4 years, we were separated about 2.5 years. Just moved back in with each other about a year ago.
During those 4 years, the kids and I moved several times, I was caught up in the legal system, and his girlfriend who helped him obtain pills wanted my kids (she got him to go for sole custody, which he didn't get... she would get the kids every weekend though, and care for them while hubby was high)
It was a crazy time as you can imagine. I got away from my AP lifestyle, and my oldest went to public school. When my hubby got help, and life settled down, we eventually moved (he was fired 2x in those 4 years and was homeless, living either in a motel or with his family. I would not allow him to live with us.)
When he got a new job out of town I decided to reconcile with him, and we all moved together. DD was in 2nd grade at that time, and in public school. Unfortunately, her teacher was not a good fit for DD and the school's curriculum was not great... DD hated school, she said she was 'dumb' and hated reading. She usually had 2 hours of homework per night, as well. There were time we would stay up until 10 pm doing homework, and times I had to write notes on DD's spelling tests telling the teacher SHE misspelled a word (DD started to ask, "Do I spell it the right way or the Mrs. Jones way, Mom")
So here we are homeschooling 3rd grade. Partially because I want to "circle the wagons" and heal the family unit after a bad few years, and partially because the school DD was in was not what I wanted for her education.
I have put her in a ton of activities, which she loves, and we are doing Saxon Math, violin, Classical Conversations, lapbooks, workbooks, etc.
I have a 4.5 year old son, too. He is a firecracker, and will only sit still for a bit. I have not really started much schooling with him.
Hubby wants them both to go back to public school next year (he HATES homeschooling and tells me DD will be far behind when she goes back)
I just want to feel more settled. I think the constant activities are getting to me. BUT, DD loves them ALL. My favorite days are spent at home learning.... The BEST day was when we made a mummy out of her doll and studied Ancient Egypt. That was a 6 hour homeschool day. We read together, we learn together.
I don't know what Im trying to say, Im just asking for some help from anyone whos been in a similar situation. Im stressed, feel like im not giving the kids a good education, feel pulled in a million directions, BUT I feel like homeschool is really needed in this house.
I just want to do better!