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homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7
I use my roomba http://www.hammacher.com/Search/Defa...x?query=roomba every night. We have hardwood floors, 3 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 kids under 5. My roomba is my savior. It is a non-negotiable mandatory expense in our house.
I recently got a scooba http://www.hammacher.com/Product/76487?promo=search Now life is over the top wonderful. (I got LOTS of birthday money this year allowing this amazing purchase.)
homeschooling mama to DD 10 & DS 7
oh my gosh...do those really work??? that is so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
but everything has pros and cons
[COLOR="Indigo"]The people I knew who loved homeschooling thought in terms of what they got to do that they wouldn't have been able to do if their children were in school. We got to get up and gradually start our days whenever we wanted instead of having to get up sleepy children and rush around getting them off to school. We got to stay up late together to read an extra chapter or two or seven to our children, from books we all loved, instead of having to insist they get to sleep to be rested for school the next day. We got to snuggle and read to them in the morning in our PJs if we wanted. We got to take trips whenever we wanted and for as long as we wanted. We got to answer to no one and have no conflicts with various teachers about how they felt we should be raising our children - that had been a real problem when my child was in school, and he wasn't even one who had made waves or been "in trouble."
Some of us had messy houses and some of us managed to keep things picked up as we went. We treasured our freedom from the things that creep into your home and control your time. We loved not having to struggle to get our children through needless and maddening homework assignments during the few precious hours they would have been home after school. We loved that we could provide the kind of rich learning experiences and materials that served them well and facilitated a joy in learning instead of having to cope with whatever the school bureaucracy came up with.
We got to watch our children learn and thrive instead of just hearing periodic reports from teachers. We appreciated that our children didn't have the pressure cooker of all sorts of different social input to deal with all day at school and then come home out of sorts and difficult to be with - our children were relaxed and free to be themselves at their best.
There are ways to have a cleanish house. But what I will remember is doing legos with my son. I even videotaped it. His hands are so beautiful. I stopped building just to look at his hands. And to listen to him talk, "I recommend doing..." Thank you universe for letting me be the one to be with my children.
If my kids were in school this week I would have:
cleaned my house
organized our storage room
read, read, read
listened to MY music LOUD while I cleaned
went to the gym
enjoyed grocery shopping by myself
volunteered w/ OTHER ADULTS
planned and made home cooked meals
Because we hs, this is what we did this week:
Drove 1.5 hrs to the "big" city and went to the zoo
dd1 slammed her finger in the car door in the grocery store parking lot, so no groceries, no dinner
I had NO personal time
the house is a mess
the kids had alot of free playtime
I'm not sure how I feel about any of this. My dd1 says "I will ruin her life if I send her to school". So we hs, and I know she is getting a better education rather than at a public school... but its more often then not that I feel bitter about being a hs mom.... but I do have fun on our special outings that we could not do if the kids were in school. I hope I as a hs mom find balance in this life style.
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