This is a Cross Post from my Homeschooling Blog. Can you tell what I am thinking about all the time?
I had a complete mental breakdown last night. Today my son was registered for Kindergarden. My mom says that it’s something about mothers and sons, that the mothers get over emotional about sending their children into the world, and I wondered why is that? Or at least, why is that for me?
I think for me, and I have stated it time and time again, that I feel that our Western society breaks boys. It squashes their empathy, sympathy, and sensitivity. Boys are told to “harden up” as soon as they are in a peer environment.
When I have my boys at home or near me, as I would with homeschooling, I can be there to help them through the trials and tribulations of these outside forces. I can tell them that they don’t need to listen to what others say, that they are confident, and that family is most important. When they are in the public realm I lose all of that control.
My husband says that I can’t shelter him and keep him in a bubble forever, as that doesn’t give him a fighting chance. I understand that. I am still saddened however that it is almost inevitable and the only way that society can ever not have that impact is if we (my family) leaves North American culture, and while I am up for that my husband is not.
I know that one must learn how to deal with others and move away from their parents…but at 5? What purpose is it really to have children away from their mothers for hours on end, when the mom is able to be home? Who does that serve? The Child? The mother? or the government?
I guess I am still a little skeptical, as what do they really learn in Kindergarden, Grade 1 and Grade 2?