I messaged two other homeschool moms recently, trying to figure out if I was doing enough. It doesn’t ever feel like enough. I don’t know if it’s because I’m not pushing my kids hard enough and school is too easy, or if the amount of our coursework over the days is too light, or if it’s simply that homeschool is different and it’s totally normal to be done at lunch time. (It does help to have an early riser.)
Tied very closely to that is the fact that while both my older kids are bright, my oldest was officially tagged with a gifted label during his last year in public school. Gifted does not necessarily translate into a love of learning, however, and he daily does the bare minimum required. Is that enough? How much more should I be challenging him, since he clearly could be challenged?
And the “s” word….socialization. How hard do I push this high-anxiety, borderline social anxiety disorder kiddo into social situations? Having watched his entire demeanor change once he started this homeschool process, seeing him go from a tightly-wound ball of stress to a laughing kid…..Knowing that he hates large groups, knowing the anxiety they cause; how do I encourage my introvert to be social? Our local homeschool group has a Park Day every Friday; we went for awhile but the reality is, he views it as punishment. He has no real friends in the group yet, and the size of the group means he’s very unlikely to make any. He thrives in small group situations. (I was thrilled to hear him comment recently that a boy his age in his gymnastics class was “becoming a friend.” This was after an hour a week, for three months.)
Interesting….I just realized that after almost two years focusing on simplifying and paring down, this would be the one area in my life where I feel like it’s not enough. Not really sure it ever will be.