Homeschooling, Opinion

Ditch the Deviations

I’m so over purveyors of popular penny-pinching perfectionist ploys. I’ve been reading all the blogs. I subscribe to all the newsletters. You know the ones. Do this and your kids will be healthy, perfect angels who don’t spazz out on sugar crack, and your skin and hair will be shiny and luxurious, and your home will be the envy of the neighborhood, and you’ll lose those last ten pounds. Oh, and it will all save you tons of money in the long run!

I can’t help but keep reading. I. Have. To. Know.

The truth is though, when it comes down to it, these people are just people. They’re just trying to make a little extra money writing about things they may or may not have tried themselves (and that may or may not work).

The problem with all of these things is that they are hard to realistically put into practice with a family who is highly sensitive and extremely put off by change.

I should know. I am one of those people.

Still, I want better for myself and my family, so I keep reading and implementing changes. Some of those changes included a new diet consisting of completely homemade food (like yogurt made with raw milk, homemade bread and bread products, from-scratch cooking), homemade shampoo, homemade toothpaste, homemade laundry soap . . . You get the idea.

All of these things may be good for you, but here’s the catch–

One of the reasons I started homeschooling in the first place is to have more time with my family. So in reality, how good for me are they really?

I wish I had seen it a little sooner. It would have saved a lot of time and hassle and “What is this stuff?!” and “You could have at least written ‘toofpaste’ on the jar so I might actually want to use it.” and “Whyyyyy?! I’ll wash the dishes if I can eat these Doritos. Did son eat it?”

Bottom line: Go ahead and try new things. In moderation. At your own risk. A little at a time. Only keep what sticks and ditch the rest of the deviations.

And maybe subscribe to one less newsletter.

What do you think?

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