Welcome to Day 14 of the 31 Days of Random Reflections on Raising and Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs. You can find the main page for this series here.
Even though I thought about homeschooling for many years before we committed, I didn’t expect how much it would change my life.
I knew that at least one parent would need to make a career change, but I couldn’t prepare for the bigger changes that resulted from our decision to school at home. The greatest change was the reduction of stress since our son’s medical needs already bring on quite a bit of strain.
But, there’s more.
The Homeschooling Lifestyle
In choosing to educate our son at home, these changes occurred naturally:
- my ability to work from home
- reasonable time to prepare and enjoy healthy, homemade meals
- quality time to build a relationship with my son
- the ability to rest when needed
- the ability to recover when ill
- the freedom to revel in each of the seasons
- the ability to sprinkle prayer and spirituality throughout the day
- the time to work on skills my son needs, but with the approach he chooses
- the freedom to learn on a couch, or outdoors, or on the floor, or on the road
- the ability to connect with family members in a deeper way
- the ability to connect with caregivers and therapists in a natural setting
- the ability to make and get to medical appointments on a whim
- the flexibility to take time off when we need to, and to rearrange a schedule when we have to
- the availability to meet up with people when they’re off
- the time to tackle crafts and handwork and hobbies
- the ability, time, flexibility, and freedom to live
Even though some days are hard, I am blessed to be able to enjoy life in this style. When I see everyone else hustling and bustling, I feel I am carrying a little secret.
I am more grounded, more peaceful, and more resolved.
I get to truly know my son — without rushing through this one life we’re given. And, I am really loving the person he is becoming and all that he is teaching me in the process.
Therein lies the ultimate gift: I am able to be both teacher and student in this homeschool lifestyle.