As a homeschooling parent and blogger, I’m used to some pretty outlandish comments about homeschooling. However, a recent one about how lazy and selfish homeschooling parents are really made me shake my head. Lazy and selfish? Seriously?
After giving it some thought, I came up with a few examples of such laziness and selfishness to go along with the ones (numbers 4 and 6) that the helpful commenter suggested.
It should go without saying that this is another dose of my sarcastic sense of humor. Unfortunately, I often find that it does not go without saying, so consider it said.
Also, please note that ordinary public and private school parents should not take offense. This post isn’t “us vs. them,” and I’m not directing it toward you. I know you work your behinds off to feed, clothe, and care for your kids too.
On the other hand, if you honestly think that homeschooling parents are lazy and selfish, I guess you can take offense, and we’ll call it even.
1. Homeschooling parents often sacrifice financially.
The majority of homeschooling families are single-income. I don’t know about all the other families, but if my family weren’t homeschooling, I’d most likely be working a full-time job.
I’d hazard to guess that the same applies to the majority of single-income homeschooling families. If so, it’s safe to say that many of them are foregoing vacations, home improvements (or a nicer home), newer cars, and the latest gadgets in order to homeschool.
Yep. Sounds selfish to me.
2. Single homeschooling parents and dual-income homeschooling families juggle their schedules to homeschool.
Single parents and dual-income families coordinate their schedules with their spouse or childcare provider. They give up downtime or hobbies in the evenings or on weekends to successfully homeschool their children.
They’re obviously lazy.
3. Homeschooling parents invest their time educating their children.
I love homeschooling, teaching, and learning alongside my kids, but there are certainly days when I’d rather be doing other things. I am usually just as disappointed as the kids for school breaks to end.
If you start in kindergarten, homeschooling is, at a minimum (depending on how many kids you have), a 13-year daily investment. That’s obviously the route of selfish and lazy individuals.
4. Homeschooling parents just don’t want to have to get up to get their kids on the bus in the mornings.
Yes, that is absolutely why we do this – so we can sleep a couple of extra hours.
5. Homeschooling parents spend time self-educating to teach their children more effectively.
One of my most selfish, lazy thoughts was, “I’d love to spend a few years of my adult life muddling through algebra again. Hey, I know – I’ll homeschool!”
6. Homeschooling parents don’t send their kids to school so that they don’t have to answer uncomfortable questions about drugs, alcohol, and sex.
Absolutely. My kids live in a bubble, and they never hear about or bring up those topics. Maybe some homeschooling parents can shelter their children from those things, but most of the homeschooled kids I know still have contact with other kids. They hear about all those topics and ask questions.
If they didn’t hear about those things from other kids, all we’d need to do is turn on the TV. A few prime-time TV shows and commercials should bring up plenty of uncomfortable drugs, sex, and alcohol topics.
Granted my kids were all probably older than many of their public school peers when they first encountered those topics, but honestly? I’m okay with that. I don’t think that makes me lazy. Instead, it makes me thankful that I could delay exposure to topics that they weren’t developmentally ready to understand.
7. Homeschooling parents willingly endure the stress of accepting sole responsibility for their children’s educations.
It doesn’t happen every night, but I’ve had my fair share of sleepless nights wondering if I’m teaching my kids all they need to know. There have been times when I’ve thought that maybe I should have sent them to public or private school so that if they really weren’t prepared academically, we could at least blame someone else.
The fact that other homeschooling parents and I are willing to shoulder that responsibility clearly speaks to our lazy and selfish nature.
8. Homeschooling parents often endure the ridicule of family, friends, and strangers.
When my oldest was in school, no one ever stopped me in the grocery store to tell me how crazy they thought it was that I was sending my child to school. I was never lambasted online or in person with someone’s opinion of how terrible a choice I was making and how I was ruining my kids’ lives.
I must have selfishly thought I’d enjoy all the attention.
9. Homeschooling parents are also part-time chauffeurs.
I know that all parents feel this way, but from my perspective as a homeschool mom, we don’t even have a bus to take our kids on cool field trips – it’s just us and our mini-vans. There’s no chance that our children will get to do some of their clubs, sports, and other extracurricular activities while they’re at school; we know we’re going to get to drive them.
Of course, all that time in the car together often proves time to get to know our kids better. A car ride is one of the best ways to get a teen to talk to you. So, maybe that makes me selfish, but surely not lazy. When I’m running my kids all over creation, I tend to feel more frazzled than lazy.
10. Homeschooling is a legal excuse from jury duty in some states.
I don’t have any problem performing my civic duty, and I actually find jury duty fascinating. However, my name seems to come up more than most people’s. I’ve served two or three times and been excused twice.
My first excuse was because I was the primary care provider for a child under the age of 2, and later I was excused due to my role of primary teaching parent in a homeschool.
Am I lazy and selfish enough to homeschool just to get out of jury duty? Hmmm…
Are you a lazy, selfish homeschool parent? In what way?
NOTE: This article was written by Kris–the previous owner of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.