Homeschooling to me is like finally moving out on your own. Yeah there's a lot more responsibility, nobody is there to hold your hand, make all the choices and pay for everything, but nothing matches the freedom you feel of being on your own.
Homeschooling has spoiled me.
That's what makes it so much harder to deal with public school. Every lecture I get when 7yo dd is late, the fear that I can't let her have a day off for having a "bad day" being told I can't hand her her backpack in the breakfast line, I can't feed her what I want for lunch, and now the latest.
Audi broke her arm about 6 weeks ago. When her arm was in a splint I told her no recess, just stay at the tables. Now that she got her hard cast on, the doctor just said no contact sports. What I didn't know was that the school considers contact sports to be P.E and recess. Poor baby hasn't been able to play or even walk around the playground since Valentines day. I told the nurse that of course she can play, just no football,lol. The nurse was super condescending and told me, "Nooo, she can't." "Recess is a contact sport and unless we see a doctors note, she can't play." Fine whatever. I'll get the stupid note.
Then yesterday I get stopped by a noon aide telling me that she caught Audi playing on the grass. (How dare she?! *Eye roll*) And even if I got a doctors note, she wouldn't be allowed to leave the tables because she poses a threat to other children. Her cast is hard and if they run into her they can get hurt. I was pissed. I marched right into the office and talked to the nurse again. She told me yes, with a note Audi could technically play on the play ground but no doctor in his right mind would allow it. *Grinds teeth* Now I'm just waiting to for friday so I can get the note not have to deal with this crap anymore.
Audi loves school. She does really well and it frees up my time to work with her brother and sister but some days sending her just rankles me. I feel like by taking her to school I'm giving up a part of what it means to be a mom. Other people can inflict their will on my child and there's nothing I can do. It's a terrible feeling...