Why are homeschoolers not allowed to have a bad day?

I need to vent here today.  Why is it that a homeschooling parent or SAHM is not allowed to have a bad day?  Maybe I’m alone in this, but there have been many days over the last 7 years where my bad day has only been made worse by people who just don’t get it.

When someone who works outside the home says they’ve had a bad day, no one thinks twice about it.  No one tells them to quit their job.  Many even give them a little break and try to be extra nice to them.  We may even offer to listen while they vent about their rough day.

But if a SAHM or a homeschooling parent says the same thing, people ask why they do it or suggest you send your kid to public school.  Some even go a step farther and wonder aloud how ‘just staying home’ could be all that bad.

I am happy with my choice to be a SAHM and to home school my kiddos.  That does not mean that every day will be wonderful.  Like everyone else, we sometimes have a bad day and just want to vent a little.

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Rest, Relaxation and Restoration

I was blessed this past weekend to be included in a retreat with some homeschooling mommies.  The retreat was located in Martinsville, IN at Shepherds Gate Inn (I’ve listed a link below).  Since hubby and kids were going to be in the same area that weekend it made the decision to participate an easy one.

When I first arrived, my nerves threatened to take over.  I’m not good at doing new things or meeting new people.  This retreat would entail both.  Some of the ladies I already knew, but others I did not.  As a ‘baby Christian’, I was nervous about looking foolish in front of these Godly women.

All of the wonderful women made me feel at ease as part of the group.  None of them gave even the slightest hint of judgement of me or my journey as a Christian, just the opposite was true.  They all strove to help me.  The staff at Shepherd’s Gate Inn were delightfully welcoming.  I quickly began to relax and enjoy just being in the moment.

As is expected when a group of women get together, there was a lot of talking, a little crafting, but mostly our time was spent working on our relationship with the Lord.  I learned a lot about myself and my relationships, both with my family and with God.  As trite as it sounds, I truly feel changed by this awesome weekend.

If you are a Christian and seek to deepen your relationship with God, I urge you to look into spending some time at Shepherd’s Gate Inn.  You will not regret it.  If you’re not able to get to them, I ask that you pray for their wonderful ministry so others can benefit from what they offer.

http://rest-ministries.org/shepherds-gate-inn