Being a young single mom of two, isn’t easy by any means. This journey has a major share of ups and downs; but it is so worth it. Juggling a small business, schoolwork, and two small kids at the same time has taught me so many lessons!
Never in a million years did I think I would be this mom. You know, that mom.
I used to be the most unorganized person on the planet, but now I have boxes for boxes and folders for folders! The madness is obscene. I am much more conscious of time and memories (I take photos of everything!). Each day is filled with more and more motivation as to why I do what I do. I want to give them an amazing life; filled with positive energy and love. No, every day is not perfect; any parent can understand that. But at the end of the day, when we give each other our good night kisses, I know without any doubt that they know that mommy will go to the ends of the earth to make sure they are well-taken care of and that they are loved deeply.
So what is this new journey all about? Dun dun dun!!!! We are starting homeschool! This will be our very first year and I am nervous, scared, and excited all at the same time. But I am completely deep in this so there is no turning back! Why homeschool? Great question. I ask myself this every day! But when I consider going back to public school, I am easily reminded why.
We live in a rural community and the county schools here are not that up to par. My daughter’s kindergarten year was dreadful. I spent more time at the school than she did it seemed. There was no organization or communication with teachers and parents. I tried attending PTA meetings to get better involved, but that was even more frustrating! The teachers acted more like students than teachers. Also being a small county with funds being low, my daughter did not get to go on field trips or take part in any fun educational activities.
Bullying was also a major issue for her and whenever I would address it, nothing was done. The overall school year was extremely frustrating and I refused to endure it again, especially with my son now getting ready for kindergarten. I wanted both my children to experience a positive educational atmosphere and be able to enjoy learning. They deserve a quality education and I am so looking forward to providing that to them.
Thanks to some really great online resources (all of which will be linked in my blog-once it’s complete!), Dollar Tree, Target, and a few things I thrifted, I have put together a great first year homeschool curriculum that I am happy with! For a few weeks there, I almost pulled out every strand of my hair trying to plan everything and making sure I would be covering everything the kids need to know. But then I had to take a chill pill- or two- to hone in on what mattered most and not over-analyze the details too much.
As parents, it is super easy to get caught up on the things that don’t really matter and lose focus on the bigger picture! I didn’t want to lose sight of my overall mission, which is to make learning fun and positive for the kids. Now that I have everything into perspective, I am more ready now than ever.
Although I am scared out of my mind about what this journey has in store for the three of us, I am happy to do it with the most important people in the world to me!