One of the really beautiful parts of homeschooling is how close we become as a family. We have the luxury of time that few people ever get to have. We get the best hours of the day with our children, not just the left-overs when they are tired and stressed. We can do activities like music lessons and swim lessons in the morning and early afternoon when other kids are stuck in school. We also no longer feel like we have to “squeeze in” family time in the evenings and weekends.
Even my husband is able to work most days from his home office and gets to jump into the fun when he can, or at least check in from time to time to see what we are doing. I also get to have an extra helper in the afternoon since my son who is a senior only goes part time.
Sometimes that extra help is really needed. When Samurai guy needed to do an experiment that included iodine I was able to ask his brother to help. I am highly allergic to iodine and stayed as far away as possible! It was nice to see them working together and they managed to complete everything with a minimum of arguments and insults. Yesterday when I was busy with car repairs, my older son stepped in to help again and very sweetly read and discussed science with Little Yoda.
Of course, there are times when all of this togetherness gets to be a bit much, but I am really glad that we are able to spend so much time with our children while they are still young. One thing I learned from my older children is how fast their childhood goes. One day you are playing with a toddler and the next you are teaching them to drive. For now I plan to continue enjoying all of the fun and silly things my kids do every day and count my blessings that I have been given this opportunity.