A New Chapter | Artifact Motherhood

My family will start a new chapter in our lives this month. After 14 years of unschooling and homeschooling, my three boys will start to public school this fall. {This is where the gasps and wide eyed surprised looks would come from anyone who’s know us well over the last 10 years.. haha!!} You see, I’ve been a HUGE advocate for unschooling and homeschooling since even before my first son was born. Being a homeschool family has become part of our identity so it feels a bit strange to start this new chapter. Let’s just say we have very mixed feelings about it! 

Homschooling has served our family well over the years but as I’ve started working more and focusing on growing my business, I feel like I haven’t been able to provide my boys with the educational and social stimulus that they deserve. I’m torn between the fantasy of a perfect homeschool life (which I’m not sure even exists because homeschooling is a giant freakin struggle a lot of the time lol…. but also super great too!) and sending them to public school. What is very important to me though is giving my kids as many experiences as I can. The more experiences they have, the better they will be at navigating life. That was one of my core reasons for unschooling in the first place. Public school will certainly be a new experience for them to learn from! 

I think we’re all a little nervous. My 14 year old doesn’t want to stop homeschooling, but he’s been a good sport about trying something new. My 10 year old goes back and forth about wanting to go, and my 8 year old is pretty pumped about it because he LOVES making new friends! I’ve reassured them that if it is not a good experience or isn’t working for our family, that I’m dedicated to figuring out the best solution. 

For me, I’m excited to have kid free time that I can dedicate to working, but I’m also very sad about losing our homeschool freedom to live life according to our own choosing. I’m going to miss hanging out with our homeschool friends during the week. I’m also going to miss being able to schedule our life adventures whenever we choose and not having to work around a school schedule. The photos I’m sharing today were from a trip we took with some of our homeschool family during a time that my kids would have normally been in public school. So here’s to remembering past adventures and to looking forward to new ones!! 

{Artifact motherhood is a collaboration of artists/mothers from around the world. Sharing stories of the joys and struggles of our journey. Our hopes and dreams for our children. With little nuggets of wisdom here and there. These are more than photographs with dates written on the back. These are the artifact we are leaving behind for children and the generations to come. Please go check out Caro, the next extremely talented photographer in our Artifact Motherhood blog circle at https://bluecicadaphotography.com/artifact-motherhood-chapter-3!}

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Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography
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Paige Rains Oklahoma family storytelling photography