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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

The Best We Can

I miss being home with my girls. They have just finished their first year in traditional school, and we are all on a track that I am not so sure that I am comfortable with. Both parents working full time, kids in school. You can't do it all - that is just a fact. This may be the way most people do it, but I don't have to like it. They are registered for school for next year and they both profess to be happy to continue in school. Troll and I need to continue working. So - we go another year.

I've just got a terrible feeling that they are being cheated out of something better. Maybe it's me that is feeling cheated. Maybe all of us. I don't know - I'm confused.

The oldest - who will graduate middle school next year - has decided that she wants to go to high school. I sit and think, 'Why?' My God, my high school years were horrible. I got nothing out of it but negatives. What we can offer is so much more than what anyone can get going to traditional high school. Homschooling offers fexibility, a much more rigorous standard, freedom to pursue interests within a framwork of necessary core classes, honest evaluation of progress without that arbitrary crap teachers dish out in class, recognition of strengths and weaknesses and responding quickly and appropriately to that, opportunities to participate more fully in the community. Oh - I could go on.

The little one only got 3 years at home. I feel bad about that - like I wasn't able to give her enough. Sure, it was a very important 3 years. Still my heart feels heavy thinking about what she's NOT getting. The rich history and science that was a part of our curriculum, and they just don't have time for in 3rd grade at school. I'm sick over it. She loves school and I admit that there are some good things for both of them there. Just. Is that the reason that we send kids to school? So they can be the class clown or something?

I'm mad that I have to work full time. We were blessed with these girls not to just foist them into a losing system. I'm a mother and I need to BE a mother - - and besides that, kids NEED their mothers. Slaving away 40+ hours p/week on nights, crashing on the couch during the day - how can I be there? How can we have kids just to never see them? It's not right.

My kids were always involved in tons of stuff - with kids and adults of all ages and backgrounds. They are able to deal with different situations beautifully. How long will it take before they're just one of the drones?

Bah! I just have to deal with this situation. I just have to deal with it. Try to find the gratitude - that's the key - and pray for guidance for all of us. That's the best that I can do right now at this moment.


Blogger Most Rev. Gregori said...

I know how you feel. When my sons were growing up, I hated having to be away from them even for one minute, but unfortunately, being an Orthodox Catholic priest, I had my parish duties and I also had to work a secular job to make ends meet. I thank God, that even though they were in public schools, they still turned out to be fine upstanding Christian young men.

06 June, 2009 13:47  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Monica I have to admit I feel the same way but I am home schooling my girls. I feel like I am missing out on so much with them with me working from 9 PM to 5 AM and then sleeping till at least 2 PM because I dont get to bed till six. Yikes.. I know exactly what you mean. Its not easy my friend. That is why I am going back to school to get a better job and switch my sleeping schedule.

06 June, 2009 17:57  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

Rev - thanks for reminding me that they can still be okay even if we don't homeschool. I know plenty of kids who grew into wonderful adults who weren't homeschooled. I just got very excited about the opportunities for high schoo-homeschooled kids that are out there now. I have also seen the difference with the 3rd grader in the history and science department. I need to take this one year at a time.

Tweetey - thanks! I know what you're going through. That's the reason that I work nights, too even though it is hard.

I took the girls to their first outlet mall experience today. They were totally bummed about having to go with me, but perked up pretty quickly once we got there. We got some good deals on p.j.'s for them and new sneakers and a couple of books.

06 June, 2009 21:14  
Blogger tshsmom said...

I know exactly how you feel! We always thought that I'd only work until our economy got better. Lucky me; the economy has been slowly sliding further into the shitter ever since I started working!

08 June, 2009 18:48  
Blogger Grizzly Mama said...

I can't see me being able to stay home any time soon, Tshsmom. :-(
Thanks for understandng.

08 June, 2009 22:01  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

I am looking at starting to make my resumes up now and saving them till I am almost done with school. Jusst to get some practice making them up at least. Then we can get a better printer..

10 June, 2009 06:14  

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