Discontent is the first necessity of progress. ~ Thomas Edison
I while ago I blogged about having The Right To Complain, even when your choices differ from that of the mainstream. I sure have found the need to remind myself of this lately.
We are having what Carrie at The Parenting Passageway described as an Overwhelming Year. All 3 of my amazing girls seem to be having stuff happening that requires more of me being present and helpful. To be totally and brutally honest-sometimes it's fucking exhausting.
I'm really struggling to not feel like my life is a constant stream of requests and cleaning up mess. I'm feeling like there is not enough of me to go around and it is making me feel resentful at times. I'm not always fair or nice, though I'm trying REALLY hard. I'm tired,I'm teary, I'm not eating well and I'm spending way too much time distracting myself with Twitter .
Now to many people the answer to this is school for Tannah at the very least and perhaps kinder and daycare for the smaller two. To some the struggle of the moment shows that the whole unschooling idea isn't working for us.
This really pisses me off.
I think I'm having a hard time in spite of unschooling, not because of it. I think any family who live any sort of lifestyle have issues from time to time.
If you send your children to school it's EXPECTED that there will be an adjustment period for everyone and at that it's going to suck sometimes. Why can't I be granted the same permission to have a hard time?
I know that "this too shall pass" and I'm being pro active about finding ways for everyone to feel empowered & to find some space for me. I also know that I'm being delusional if I think home education is going to be a smooth ride the whole way. Sometimes you just have to put your seat belt on and deal with some turbulence.
I'm playing along with Owlet for Unschool Monday