How many times in the past have I accepted an invitation to a “Homeschool Event” that I did not even want to go to. Probably once a week. Most often we declined.
How often did we have invitations to a really great event that we went to, but really did not have the time to attend.
Probably once a month.
These are really great activities. Wonderful friends. The kids have benefitted from many (not all) of them. We have sat in on reptile shows. Received free tickets to a “Live Dinosaur” show. Attended a free pottery class for a week. Enjoyed a week of chamber camp for free, because our kids are cellists. It’s all been very good. (Again, a disclaimer, almost all has been good.)
But . . . and here is the big issue, there are so many really great activities for homeschoolers that did not exist a decade ago. We would attend the event, because the next “really great event” would be a few months out. Now, these events hit us weekly. We could feast on the homeschool “desserts” every day of the week. A healthy diet needs variety and sometimes, just the good old nutritious basics. Vegetables are great, when prepared well. Fruit can be a dessert as well as a main dish. Homeschooling is not about hopping from one outing to the next with no focus on the fundamentals.
It’s a continual process of saying, “No, thank you. Maybe next time. Keep us in mind.”
Hard to say. Hard to follow through with. But a much healthier choice for a healthy balanced home education.