One of the comments I get most often when people hear that we homeschool is:
"Oh, I could never do that. I'm not a teacher."
I realize this may just be one of those things people say off-hand without thinking and don't really mean, but it begs the question:
Are parenting and teaching really so different from each other? Two totally separate and distinct functions?
I think most people would agree with me that they are not. So much of parenting clearly *is* teaching. Everyday. How to tie shoes, share toys, pour cereal, lift the toilet seat (ahem, AND put it back down), brush teeth, make pancakes from scratch. The list goes on and on.
And those are just the little things. Then there are the really big ones: things like compassion, selflessness, a strong work ethic, morality, friendship, faith, integrity.
I look around me and am inspired by so many good parents doing their best to teach their children to be Good People. Anyone can see that this is hard work. Sometimes discouraging, rarely recognized, but ultimately rewarding. Yes, we make mistakes. True, we feel inadequate at times, but, generally speaking, we rise to the occasion.
So I guess my question is this:
If parents can do all of *that* teaching, why is it we are so intimidated by 2nd grade math and spelling?
(Please understand. I'm not suggesting that every family can or should homeschool. How we choose to educate our children is an intensely personal decision, and the best choice is not the same for every family. I just want to explore this line of thinking. Thoughts...?)