The following post is from Jen from Forever, For Always, No Matter What:
When I first imagined homeschooling my children, I imagined neat little desks, filled with neat little children, sitting quietly and hanging on my every word.
Each child would have his or her supplies stored neatly in said desk, appropriate books would be lined up ready to go, and each child would have a pencil in hand.
A sharpened pencil.
With an eraser.
Homeschooling Real Life Style
Enter real life.
Books are misplaced, covers ripped off, the kitchen table stands in for the desks, and we often have days when nobody listens. To anything. Not a single word.
And, there are no pencils. Ever.
Despite the fact that I regularly buy out the pencil supply at the local office supply store, give pencils as stocking stuffers at Christmas and as birthday gifts throughout the year, we never have pencils.
I remember back in elementary school getting stuck sitting next to messy boys. Crumpled papers and books and who knows what else jammed into their desks, the contents spilling out on the floor every time they needed to look for something. Their desks were routinely covered in scribbles and doodles. Their pencils? If they could find them, they were tiny nubs with no erasers. But usually they couldn’t find a pencil.
Now those boys (and girls!) fill my home. How did that happen?
The truth is homeschooling hasn’t gone the way I imagined at all. Most days I’m okay with that, some days, I think I’m going to end up in the looney bin. Usually over the pencils.
It always comes down to the pencils.
What’s your breaking point?
|Jen is a homeschooling mom to 6 children and is not content with the ordinary. Life is an adventure with much to be explored. Stop by Forever, For Always, No Matter What as she navigates life in a large, slightly unconventional, always-striving-to-be-a-faith-filled family. She can also be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+|