This is both a wonderful and a hard week of the year for me...for the past five years already.
It's the week that most kids go back to school.
It's wonderful because this is the fifth consecutive September that I don't have to send my child(ren) away from home for schooling and because I'm always very thankful, this week, that we h/school. I've said it before and I'll say it again now...I don't know how so many of you parents do it: Say good-bye to them (this would be the hardest part for me, despite getting tired, sometimes, of having them with me every moment of the day); get them out the door so early; make all of the lunches; pack all of the backpacks; do the homework; spend quality time with them; start all over again the next day. I really don't know how you do it, and I'm thankful this week that it's not me 'cause I don't know how I'd do it.
It's also a hard week for me because the weeks leading up to this week, and this week specifically, are filled with anxiety for me. Are we doing the right thing by choosing to h/school? Am I causing untold damage to my children by keeping them home? Have I made the right choices about how we're doing school? I see all of these blogs and f/book comments about parents' mixed feelings about their kids going off to school, and I feel the excitement in the air at Walmart with all of those parents and kids buying duotang folders and looseleaf paper, and I see the fresh-faced kids in their back-to-school clothes sporting new backpacks and lunch boxes - and I panic a little (well, more than a little, if I'm honest) that we're not doing the same as everyone around us.
I've got lots to say on this subject in the days to come as well as about the direction of our schooling this year. So you'll be hearing more from me on this subject...which might be wonderful and it might be hard.