An Open Letter to My Homeschool Mom

To my dear mother who sacrificed so much of her time and energy for me, thank you.

Thank you for the late nights spent fretting over lesson plans — or lack there of — wondering if you were doing it right and if I would turn out right. Because you were willing to take a risk, I am more open minded and willing to take calculated risks myself.

Thank you for working so hard and working through so many emotions to provide me with a relaxed and self-directed education. Because of this I enjoy learning, follow my passions, exhibit good work ethic, and know how to manage my time and energy in any given situation.

Thank you for sheltering me from inappropriate movies and music and for monitoring who I spent time with as a young child. Because of this extra effort on your part, I am well adjusted, have good moral values, and choose my friends wisely. I surround myself only with people who lift me up and make me happy.

Thank you also for allowing me to explore my world — within reason — in the way I saw fit during my teen years. Because of this allowance, I now understand that every action has a reaction and some are less than desirable. I am also able to quickly evaluate situations and handle myself appropriately.

Thank you for your love and support through all my ups and downs.

Thank you for allowing me to express myself.

Thank you for never saying never.

Thank you for giving me the gift of a life full of passion, beauty, learning, and joy. Because you were brave enough to go against the grain, strong enough to work through negative comments and emotions, and wise enough to see past the veil society has placed over education, I am me.

Thank you for me.

* A note from the author: I hope that this letter offers words of encouragement to all homeschooling parents out there who may be suffering from self-doubt. You are good enough, and you can do this. Nobody is perfect, but you ARE the perfect teacher for your child. You taught them to walk and to talk, and you can help them find the curiosity, motivation, and knowledge they need to succeed in life as well.