Being 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 the commenter outlined. (Those would be numbers 4 and 6.)
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 is not an “us vs. them” post and is not directed 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 wasn’t homeschooling, I’d most likely be working a full-time job.
I’d hazard to guess that the same is true for the majority of single-income homeschooling families. If so, I’d say that those parents are choosing to forego things like vacations, home improvements (or a newer 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 in order to homeschool. There are single parents who homeschool their kids and dual-income homeschooling families. These families often have to juggle 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 and being able to teach and learn alongside my kids, but I’d be lying if I said that there aren’t 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 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 in order 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 kids from those things, but most of the homeschooled kids I know are in contact with other kids. They still hear about those things and ask questions.
If they didn’t, all we’d need to do is turn on the TV. A few prime time commercials should bring up plenty of uncomfortable sex and alcohol topics.
Granted my kids were all probably older than many of their public schooled peers when they first encountered those topics, but honestly? I’m okay with that. I don’t think that makes me lazy. I think it makes me thankful that my kids weren’t exposed to topics at a young age that they weren’t developmentally ready to understand.
7. Homeschooling parents willingly take on the stress of being solely responsible 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 blame someone else.
The fact that I and the other homeschooling parents that I know are willing to shoulder that responsibility obviously 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 all the attention would be fun.
9. Homeschooling parents are also part-time chauffeurs. I know that all parents feel this way, but from my perspective as a homeschool mom, er 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 kids 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 can be fun. 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. I did not feel lazy last week; I felt frazzled.
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 think jury duty is interesting. However, I honestly think my name must come up more than the average person’s. I’ve served two or three times that I can recall and have been excused twice.
The first time I was excused, it was only because I was the primary care provider for a child aged 2 or under. It wasn’t until later that being the primary teaching parent in a homeschool was a legal excuse, but it was what saved me this last time.
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?