This is still one of the toughest questions I have had to answer. Maybe because I'm always paranoid at how the person asking it is going to react.
Fact is: Most people are comfortable with regular school. Most people know nothing about homeschool but everything about regular school. They went to school. They sent their kids to school. They see their neighbors' kids being picked up by a yellow bus every morning.
People react different ways when I say we homeschool. Some applaud our family, but would never try it themselves or would immediately convince us that Matt would be so much happier in a regular school. Some are outright against it, maybe because they've never heard of such a thing. Some are genuinely happy because they're going through the exact same thing and are struggling right along with us with homeschooling.
Truth is: Homeschooling is an act of love. It's not always easy, it requires patience, patience, patience and patience. And, yes, there are days I ask myself, "Have I ruined my child's hope for a bright future because we made the mistake of homeschooling him?"
What keeps us going: Faith. My husband and I grew up in the same city, went to the same university, but never met. In college, he went to a religious gathering a stone's throw away from my house but we never met. Then, when we were already working, his friend and my friend (who were going out) decided to pair us up. Our friends broke up a long time ago, but my husband and I have been married for 8 years. What brought us together? Faith.
It was pretty much the same for us when it came to homeschooling. My husband, who works in the airline industry, was going to work abroad for a month. And if Matt had been enrolled in regular school, we would both be coming home to an empty house save for the two of us while hubby was abroad. My husband suggested homeschooling. We had read about Bo Sanchez's testimony to homeschooling but found a homeschool curriculum provider in Paranaque where we used to live.
Two years later, we're still here. It has taken us a good two years to adjust to homeschooling and learning to customize, improve, even replace parts of the curriculum we've been working on. And it hasn't been easy.
Part of me feels like we've just come from a long war and are now returning home.
So do I have any regrets, worries, paranoia that I've ruined my child's future for good? Absolutely. Every single day.
But with faith and love, we're still here. And we're moving forward. Wish us luck and may you also be guided in finding the right learning environment for you and your child.
God is good. He will never let us down. God bless!