Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Benefits of Having Been a Home Schooled Family -or- Why I'm So Proud

All those years of homeschooling. Were they worth it? I ask myself that question occasionally. I still don't really know the answer, but I tell myself that yes, yes it was. And on nights like tonight I'm more prone to believe it.

I'm lounging downstairs (because I'm not fond of going up and down the stairs), catching up on y'all's blogs, and I hear the TV. We turned off the cable last summer, about a month before the kids started school, to make their first real homework experience a little easier. To their credit, they didn't complain a bit. Who needs TV when you have an XBox and a computer?

Earlier this evening I heard the nightly news, the national version, coming from upstairs, and I thought it very cool that my kids were interested in what's going on in the world. But just now I heard (for the last 20 minutes or so) what sounds like a documentary on the nation of Israel. Right now it's discussing the Holocaust. What the heck? That certainly wouldn't have been me at 13 and 10.

And now they make me look like a fool ... they're flipping through the channels and I hear Little Guy say, "Go back to that! (one of those E! news programs) I need to know more about Michael Jackson!" Oh, the shame. My boys have a thing for making Michael Jackson jokes. Very sad.

Nine years of homeschooling can be boiled down to this: The Holocaust and Michael Jackson, side by side. Y'all cry for me, will ya? I'm going to go find some chocolate.

Until I write again ...

Flea

7 comments:

Karen said...

Just to make you feel better, my daughter accused me of teaching her that the math signs were optional. You know, that plus means whatever you want it to mean and not ALWAYS adding. She actually argued 5 minutes before I pulled the plug.

kay said...

haha!!! well just congratulate yourself on raising well rounded kids! :)

kimmy said...

I think if we took away cable my husband would lose his mind. It really is for him...

Kimmy

Flea said...

My husband was the one who argued the loudest. I can live without TV (don't take away my internet or books), so I was the one who made the phone call. Hunny went through withdrawals for a couple of months.

Karen, I could probably write a book about all the things my kids say we missed in school, but they're doing fine now. :)

Hi Kay! Thanks!

Melissa said...

Hey, at least the Holocaust was mentioned! That's a good start...

Jan Parrish said...

LOL. It's all good.

Mama Teaching 2 said...

Ha ha...Hey they are fine! I just laughed with this blog. :) Looking forward to reading more.