Hooooboy. Kids, amiright? Being a parent is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, and if they’d told me the amount of courage it would take, I’d probably have backed out before even starting. Nobody tells you that you’ll lose sleep over every last detail of your kid’s development, from physical wellness, to mental health, and everything in between.
This story of courage comes from Lisa Bankey, a fantastic photographer and wonderful mom. She’s currently doing something I’d never be able to do. Read on. . .
I’m currently doing the scariest AND most intimidating thing I’ve ever done. I have taken on the task to home educate our 2 children. They are currently 8 and 6 and would be in Grade 2 and SK respectively.
EVERY single day is a challenge. I face the challenge of at least 1 if not 2 children getting upset because they have to “work”, I face the challenge of 1 if not 2 children getting upset because they’ve made a mistake. Trying to keep them focused and on task is definitely a test of my mommy patience. But we are getting there.
There is the fear too, that you are doing your children a disservice, that you aren’t doing the right thing.
I’m afraid everyday that I’m going to fail them in some way. If they had to re-enter the school system would they be able to? Would they be at the same level as their peers? I believe we are doing the right thing for them and our family, but everyday I have doubts that I’m cut out for this.
We are just finishing up our first year and we’ve had a lot of fun, but there is still going to be a lot of trial and error and tears (from all of us).
The loss of me time is a bit scary as well.
We’ll see how it all goes.
The #ShowMeYourBrave Project asks people, “What’s the bravest, scariest, or most intimidating thing you’ve ever done?”. The idea of the project is to share stories of everyday bravery and human resilience to bring us closer together. In sharing, we not only find our voices, but we find support, allies, and others who have faced similar challenges. If you would like to submit your story, we would love to feature your bravery here.