Now, that doesn't mean I don't need a break ever!
Trust me, I do.
And the fact of the matter is, I get plenty of breaks. I have my book club, my homeschool group meetings, occasional coffees with friends...
I know that this is not the same for everyone. Some parents are better ones when they are away from their children. I by no means cast any judgment on others and their choices.
For me, I just thrive when I have my babies close.
Another comment I hear is, "oh you must be so patient!" This is another fallacy. I don't have more or less patience than the average parent. In fact I think homeschooling has taught me about being patient. I have to bite my tongue numerous times during the day...while my daughter struggles to read the word "went" for the millionth time...or my son forgets where his poetry book is...or when my youngest throws a tantrum because he has to erase his work cause he didn't leave spaces between his words.
It's how I react that determines the mood of the situation.
I really love the following quote, it speaks such truth:
I really try hard to keep a cheerful disposition while working with my kids even when inside my stomach is turning. I want them to know that they are my priority during our time together. I attempt to put my phone away and not do housework. This doesn't always happen but it is my goal each and every day.
My hope is that this chosen occupation of homeschooling only enhances the lives of my children; and doesn't cause them to need therapy later on in life. Lol
It's a work in progress everyday!!