Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School!

We've been back to school for several weeks now. This year, I've got a 6th grader, a 2nd grader, and a little preschooler.  We've had a pretty typical start of school, great days, not so great days, and just ugh days. I don't expect anything different these days. Also, no one warned me about middle school.  That's going to be a fun learning experience for the two of us.  He's got a heavier workload and the tweenager attitude to match.

Zander, Adisson, and Jaxon

As you likely know, the biggest change to our homeschool this year has been adding in a co-op to our homeschool.  Let me tell you, it has been a huge adjustment for me.  Since the boys have been born, I have been their primary educator.  I'm the one who spends weeks poring over curricula each summer trying to find the best fit for each child.  I'm the one who makes lessons plans and attempts to incorporate them into our days.  Now, however, I'm not the only teacher.  Now, there are a half dozen new teachers in our homeschool.

It's difficult for me because I like to be in control.  The addition of this co-op to our lives has shown me that I can't always be in control of everything.  It's not always easy for me to admit that I'm a "control-freak" and sometimes, I try to deny it so I can stay in my own little world of "Nicole Can Do Everything."  In relinquishing some control in this area of my life, I've realized that I have to do the same in other areas as well.

As far as co-op is concerned, I've found it's a bit easier to allow other people's guidance into the boys education when I know they likely share beliefs similar to ours.  After all, they are homeschooling moms, too.  They are committed to the education of their children.  They have found the co-op to be beneficial to them and have decided that they wish to provide that benefit to others.

In regards to giving up control in other parts of my life...well, that's a post for a different day.

Have you had to let go of something?  Have you had to limit your oversight in areas you typically maintain the authority?  How did you find ways to cope? :)

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