The Night Before Homeschooling…

… and all through the house, Tara is procrastinating.

And trying not to spend too much time looking up words that rhyme with house.

Too late.

I have never Tweeted, or even read a Tweet.  I’ve sent three texts in my life.  And I’m consistently annoyed when my husband stops what we are doing to upload a picture of the activity onto Facebook, on which I have never had an account.  So why blog?

Why give up my right to silently judge those who “waste their time” on a “false sense of identity and connection” to blog about the first year of homeschooling our two sons? Here’s a list of reasons and rationalizations that are currently satisfying:

1.  I might not be able to keep this up for more than a few months.  And if I don’t, I can print these posts and put them in the boys’ scrapbooks as proof that I gave it a go.

2.  I’m hoping that people will write me encouraging notes that help me stick with it for more than a few months.

3.  I think I’m witty and interesting, and it would be great to get lots of admiring comments to affirm that identity.

4.  I pray better when I’m with other people.  Or more accurately, I pray more thoughtfully when I am praying with other people.  I hope that I might teach more thoughtfully if I take a few minutes each night to reflect on the day.

5. Sometimes I feel like the world is passing me by.  Most of the time I try look on those who use the most recent technologies with a combination of scorn and pity.  Sometimes, though, I can’t get away from the fact that I’m afraid I just won’t get it.  So I pushed past my anxiety when I read that I needed a web-based FTP client.  I clicked a button, and now believe that I have such a client.  Who cares if I don’t know what it is?  This time next year, if I haven’t become hopelessly hooked on my own reflection, I can better decide for myself how much technology I want in my life.

That’s it for now.  I’ve got to attach velcro to the back of some play money so that my kids can learn about dollars and cents.  The play money I paid real money for.  Hey – if you’re gonna homeschool, you might as well enjoy all of the products designed to make you and your actual dollars and sense feel inadequate.


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  • Dyan

    Hey Tara. Hooray for you and your family for taking this huge step — both blogging and homeschooling. Tara, I pray that you, Jeff, and the boys will grow to love and appreciate each other more and better each day! I pray that you'll have fun reflecting on your teaching and that blogging will satisfy you and some unknown person. I pray that God will receive the glory from this endeavor and that your kids will one day rise and called you blessed.


    I love you.


  • Penny

    Your first comment – no doubt because everyone your side of the pond is still asleep! Suspect you are about to have a blast and your children will certainly enjoy some extraordinary and interesting time with you. V much looking forward to "doing homeschooling" vicariously through you (via the blog) – hope the boys give you an apple this morning, Good luck and have fun, Penny

  • Andrea Cohn

    I just wanted to be the first to comment.

    Oh yeah. And to say that I think you are fabulous and that I think you'll make it at LEAST 6 months, not 2-3 months. 😉


  • Nancy McArdle

    Dear Tara,

    There is no doubt that you are witty and interesting. To be honest, I decided to read this blog because I was so amused by your China accounts. Nevertheless, I am also praying for you and your family as you embark on this new journey. My sister has home-schooled her 3 kids for about 13 years, and it has generally worked out great.

  • Tina

    Have fun with the homeschooling. Tina

  • Adela

    Woo hoo! Go, t! I suggest a home school class on the wisdom of Yoda. Also, check out Shaggy's blog to see how you can make your right border cooler.

    • tedelschick

      Of course I saw Shaggy's blog, and I love it. And I love how it looks. But as with so many things in life, my admiration outpaces by ability.

  • Saul

    First comment!! Go get 'em…

  • Dad

    Tara, mom says in the kindest way, "do what you gotta do", your kids are worth it! Love , mom.