You are probably wondering what the title of this post is referring to. Since you are reading this post you are also probably a homeschool mom, and the title is talking about you!
If you are like my wife, you probably read that first couple of sentences, and after noticing the grammar mistake, thought, “He is not talking about me. He is talking about those amazing homeschool moms that have it all together.”
But I am talking about you!
You have undertaken a task that scares most moms. I was talking to a mom today whose son is in public school. When she found out that we homeschool, she exclaimed, “Your wife homeschools all 3 of them!?” Well, my superhero actually homeschools all 4 of them, but even homeschooling 1 makes you super. I constantly hear non-homeschoolers say, “I couldn’t do that.” or “My kids would drive me crazy if I tried.” You deserve a cape just for stepping out on this adventure.
You have decided to sacrifice your peace and quiet, your career, and your clean house in order to give your children the best education. There are days where you feel like they are not learning, but they are. Even on the days that they don’t learn their arithmetic, they learn the important lessons: how to get along with family, respect, cooking, cleaning, and yes, some days, they even learn from your mistakes. No matter how much you feel like you messed up, you accomplished a lot just by being there for your children.
You are the superhero that does not have the luxury of a secret identity. You are super 24/7. Superman gets to relax as Clark Kent. Batman has a butler to take care of him when he takes off the mask. You, supermom, teach your kids all day, cook, clean, shop, and then take care of your husband when he gets home (except for the single moms who homeschool – who seriously deserve some kind of medal).
The trademark of a superhero is superpowers. I always liked Batman because he did not have any. He is the most impressive superhero in comic books because he does it without any special powers, but he does have special cars, planes, and gadgets. You take this one step farther. Without superpowers, without super-gadgets. You take on this insurmountable challenge with nothing. There would be comic books about you – the super hero with nothing, but no one would read a story so preposterous.
So tie a sheet around your shoulders and stride around the house today knowing that you are a superhero. Even if it doesn’t make you feel better, your kids will have a good laugh – and then you will feel better.
P.S. My superhero does not know that I wrote this. She has taken Isaiah to the doctor for an ear infection. Becki really is super!