I recently wrote a post about why we all say homeschooling is hard: https://prayingwithoneeyeopen.wordpress.com/2014/02/26/the-real-problem-with-homeschooling/
It generated an enormous response, bigger than I could have predicted. Most of the feedback was positive but one commenter had this to say:
“Sadly, this post about homeschooling is like all the rest. There seems to be a need for homeschooling parents to simultaneously bemoan their jobs and be self congratulatory at the same time. “Homeschool is parenting on steroids?” You’re implying that homeschool parents are MORE of a parent than non homeschooling parents. You’re not parenting on steroids!!!! There is no such thing! I really wish homeschool parents would stop trying to find their self-worth in homeschooling. When that happens, you inadvertently make statements belittling those of us who don’t. Enough!!!!”
In the spirit of continuing the conversation, I’d like to ask you all what you think? Do you think homeschoolers “cross the line” when they talk about the ways in which homeschooling is difficult? Do you think they are self-congratulatory? Why is it that this particular topic generates so many heated emotions but talking about, say, the difficulties of caring for aging parents or starting a home business seem to garner less intense debates? Does this commenter have a legitimate point? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!