I’m in our favorite supermarket with the kids. We’re at the bakery waiting for a free cookie. Goodness knows how we love that free cookie.
One of the girls behind the counter knows me from elementary school – knows I homeschool. She chuckles, shakes her head, and says the words that have so often made me cringe:
“I don’t know how you homeschool. I could NEVER homeschool my kids. Seriously, HOW do you do it?!”
(Have you heard those words before? They are usually accompanied by a look of total exasperation at the mere thought of homeschooling her own children.)
I find these kinds of statements incredibly uncomfortable for a few reasons…
1. My kids are usually with me, which makes them feel that I’ve taken on some impossibly miserable task by choosing to be with them 24/7. (Which, of course, is the farthest thing from the truth!)
2. The statement suggests that I’m some kind of Super Mom with powers that far surpass those of every other ‘regular’ Mom in the room.
3. It also suggests that homeschooling is radically hard and unnatural but SOMEHOW I’m struggling to manage. *sigh*