Because my girls hang pictures of American Girl Dolls on their wall.
They spend time, hours sometimes, working on projects that they come up with involoving the sweetest things. Things that little girls age 9 should be thinking about.
They decorate their desks with Saint cards...not because they are Saints (yet), but because that's what their friends do, so it is cool.
They make signs like this, and more importantly, they think things like this.
I don't care what other kids do in other families. My kids are not perfect. I just know at 9 years old I was hanging posters of White Snake in my room and thinking who I was going to sit next to in lunch.
My girls are innocent. They should be..they are little. I just want to hang on to that as long as I can. I think home schooling helps me do that.
We don't live in a bubble. They are not totally shut off from the world because I home school. They are just participating in a world I help create and maintain. A world that I have a lot of say in.
They want what other girls want, to wear lipstick and paint their nails. But they know there are rules we set and they have a lot to look forward to.
They are getting older. Each day brings a new kid to the breakfast table. Each season we have new trials to manage and new needs to satisify. But they are supposed to have needs and I am supposed to fill them. Filling their needs makes me a better person.
She has taught me so much. She still trains me and creates millions of moments that I never thought possible, some good and some not so good. But each day I get to know her a little better. I get to be there to help her discover who she is.
And each day she gets to discover who I am. And sometimes, well A LOT of times, she gets to hear me say..."Em, that was wrong of me." But that is good. That is why I keep her home with me...to learn...
Not just about numbers and reading...but to learn that Saints are cool and her mom makes mistakes!!