Some of life’s greatest successes come on the heels of failures or changes.
The tricky part is recognizing the need to change and then actually doing it.
This week my son went back to public school, officially ending our homeschool journey.
This was a big change for us.
How has it been being back in school? Amazing.
We had reached a pivot point–a spot where our original plan clearly wasn’t working, and we had to decide if we would continue that plan or pivot.
We chose to pivot.
Yes, I had idealistic hopes for homeschool. Many of them came true. But many things were harder than I expected, and it became clear in late fall that returning to school was best for all of us.
Our trio being together all day didn’t work like it used to. While I was thrilled my son regained his whimsy and creativity, he missed his friends and school structure.
I have enough humility to admit I couldn’t give him and her what they needed at the same time. And that is okay.
Many of the things I enjoyed about homeschool can still happen in the hours before and after school and on weekends.
I am so glad I did homeschool and equally glad to be done. It is possible to have these dual emotions.
One challenge with any pivot is putting the old plan to rest and jumping into the new plan with fresh enthusiasm.
So last week I reflected on all the fun and relaxing time we had together in homeschool, and this week I am packing lunches and getting bikes ready with the same joy.
It is different, yes. We are exhausted this first week.
But I am glad we changed direction quickly. Now we can pour enthusiasm into this new chapter.