Wednesday, April 9, 2014

It’s a big, scary world…

This morning my Facebook wall was flooded with post after post that make every parent cringe. This morning, at a high school just a few miles east of Pittsburgh, multiple people were stabbed. It seems like every other day there is something in the news about something tragic like this happening at a school. That or threats called in that have to be taken seriously because of the way the world has become. It’s heartbreaking. I don’t have children in that school but I find myself worried and scared for the parents. I cannot imagine hearing this news and wondering if one of those injured is YOUR child. 

Many of the comments I see are along the lines of “Homeschooling is looking better and better now.” Being a cyber school family (which is similar to home schooling) events like these make me even more thankful that we’ve chosen the cyber school route for our boys. I know that we cannot protect them forever or put them in a bubble. That’s not our intention. BUT there are so many positives to home/cyber schooling.

“But what about socialization?” So many people ask. What happened today is part of that socialization so many say we are depriving our kids of. Of course parents may not agree with that but it’s true. Other parts of school ‘socialization’ are drugs, early exposure to sexual activity and bullying. Yes, our boys are still exposed to these things but in a controlled environment. Teaching our kids social skills should be about teaching them how to interact with others. How to respect others and their differences. To accept and love others. To respect authority and follow rules/guidelines.

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My point of this post isn’t to put down those who choose public school for their kids. I know homeschooling isn’t an option for everyone. I know that in many homes both parents have to work or that many homes are single parent homes. I also know that it’s not for everyone. It’s a personal choice that every parent makes and that is ok. I guess I’m writing this because I want more people to see the flip side. To see that home/cyber school is a wonderful and attainable option. That there ‘normal’ people (like us) who choose home/cyber school. That we’re not weird, we’re not anti-social and we’re not Amish. That our goal is to raise normal, respectful kids full of integrity who will be ready for the real world. Hopeful that our children will be a beacon of hope and kindness in a world full of violence and uncertainty.

My prayers and thoughts go out to the families involved in the local incident. I pray peace over all involved and healing. <3