Five years ago life looked very different for us. We lived in a biggish house with a biggish mortgage in a biggish housing estate in a busy part of the UK.
Our eldest was in School, Superhero was in Pre- School and the youngest spent time with my parents whilst I worked part time as a Teacher.
Fairy struggled with the School environment and we slowly observed her becoming a shadow of her former self during the four years she spent there. During Reception she was happy, bubbly, chatty and smiley, during years 1 & 2 we had tears and tantrums about School. By year 3 she was resigned, withdrawn, switched off and refusing to talk whilst at School.
At the same time I was feeling pretty disillusioned myself. Working part time left me feeling that I wasn’t doing either job as Mama or Teacher as well as I wanted to since I was only there part of the time. When I wasn’t working my days consisted of driving. We drove from home to School, from School to Pre-school, then from Pre-school to home. Three hours later it was off to Pre-school then home again. Then one hour later off to School then home again.
We were all tired, jaded and unfulfilled. There was no time to play and explore and there was so much pent up frustration. The children all sparked off each other and tensions ran high. The weekends didn’t improve much as we battled with homework and endless children’s parties coupled with the marking/planning demands of my teaching role.
It just wasn’t how I imagined my life as a Mama to three young children should be. In the end our dream of relocating to the country was the push we used to de-register Fairy from School and give home educating a chance. Fast forward five years and life couldn’t be more different…..
Part 2 of our journey ‘the what is’ Coming soon……