There have been many times that Ryan and I thought we made a big mistake by moving to Wisconsin. It was a really hard move for us. Now, I look back and I can see why we were meant to come here.
We have met some amazing families and it could not have been at a more perfect time. When we moved here, I was 8 months pregnant with Hailey. We were about to become first-time parents.
When she was a baby, we didn’t talk a lot about where she would go to school. We just figured she would go to our nearest public school. Little did we know, it would be one of the hardest decisions we would have to make.
I am so grateful for our wonderful friends that gave us advice based on their experiences. At the same time, it did make things harder for us. We wanted to make the right decision.
Last year, Hailey was three years old and we knew that we had to start looking at our options for school. Originally, we wanted to homeschool but with baby number three on the way, we didn’t know what to expect. I kept doubting myself and I really didn’t think I could do it.
Well, September came and we decided to put Hailey into school. With the baby in the picture, we knew that I would need a break. To be honest, I was really happy when she started.
Things were going well until I realized she wasn’t doing any of her work. At the end of the day I would go to her cubby and get the work that she did for that day. I was getting blank papers and scribbles. Some may say that I was expecting too much from my daughter but I know her really well. Her and I have done things at home so I knew what she was capable of. It just didn’t make sense to me.
I was getting so frustrated because I didn’t want my child to be “that kid.”
After weeks of contemplating it, we decided to take her out of school. She was in school for a total of 3 months.
You may think I’m crazy but I remember talking to her teacher with tears in my eyes. I felt so defeated. I wanted Hailey to succeed and I felt awful taking her away from her friends.
But we made the right choice for our family.
Hailey never looked back, but we did.
We still felt stuck. I begged my friends to give me the answer. What was the right thing to do? Should we put her in a different school? Do we consider homeschooling again?
Finally, I told Ryan that he had to make the decision for our family. I needed him to be the one to take control of the situation and let me know what he thought was best. You see, Ryan is very straight-forward. He tells me all the time, “Simple solutions to simple problems.” I, on the other hand, am a mess and I know it. I think about everything under the sun.
So, he came to me a few days later and said that he wanted our kids to be homeschooled and we haven’t looked back.
Today, I can tell you that it was the best thing for Hailey. We have started her Pre-K curriculum and she is doing amazing. She does 2-3 lessons in one day and doesn’t want to stop. She is so eager to learn and that’s how I know we made the right choice. She is happy!
Obviously, we don’t expect it to be this simple with the boys. I’m sure we will have a few obstacles along the way but we are ready to take them on. This has made our family stronger and it has opened so many new doors for our kids.
Do I think homeschooling is for everyone? Absolutely not!
Each family is different and you must choose what’s best for your children. I didn’t write this so that you start homeschooling. I wrote this so that you know that some decisions will be hard. BUT you’ll know when you’ve made the right one!