Hybrid Homeschool 101: How did we get here.
Want in on a little secret? This whole Hybrid Home thing actually started out with far more narrow of a vision. Narrow as in: The Hybrid Homeschooler. It’s a whole thing, you know? Staying home with your kids, trying to stay sane and teach them and feed them and keep them alive all at the same time and stuff. I called up a sweet friend (the gracious kind that is willing to talk to you for hours on end while you drive your 3 kids home from Georgia in the middle of the night) and said “I HAVE OUR BLOG IDEA. THE HYBRID HOMESCHOOLER!” To which she replied… “THAT’S AWESOME!!! But I don’t homeschool!”
Which really, that’s kind of where all of my thoughts landed that night prior to calling her - I am in fellowship and in community with some amazingly beautiful, talented, gifted women who are clothed in strength. Determined to fight for their family, advocate for their children and give their all day in and day out. And the funny thing? We don’t all match.
This summer was the first time I found myself on the side of the conversation in which moms were asking ME questions about how to homeschool. What curriculum we use, what our schedule looks like. I’ve been around the block a time our two just talking screen time and chore charts. Responsibilities. Structure. Socialization. I absolutely love my days with my boys - hard. But good. And I absolutely love talking homeschool. But really our choices and reasons for homeschooling and the curriculums we’ve chosen are things I’ve been picking and choosing from- a blend that is tailored to our family. A hybrid, one might say (see what I did there?). And at the end of every conversation there was kind of this sinking feeling, like I didn’t have enough to offer them. That I just wasn’t going to help them see the big picture. There was this voice inside me that wanted to just shout YOU. DO. YOU! BE FREE! And just do you really well. Because truthfully, at the end of the day, as much as we know in our heads that not every child fits in a box…neither do us mamas.
In typical kind-gracious-loving fashion, my friend heard me out - but took it further to not just the homeschooling mom of 3. But into every area that we’re tempted with the lie … “you should be doing more.”
Thus, The Hybrid Home was birthed.
I love essential oils. But I also really love Children’s Motrin. And bug spray.
I use Norwex for just about everything. Along with toilet bowl cleaner and bleach.
It is a fact: You will not lose your salvation if you’re vegan one day and throw a whole chicken + 1 stick of butter in the crock pot the next. #balance
I can feed my family well 95% of the time but like, some nights it’s Tyson chicken nuggets prayed for and anointed with holy oil.
I could go on and on and on, about all the hybrid up in this home. Not from a place of discontentment or striving for the next best thing - I most certainly once was - but now, rather from a place of complete peace in knowing who I am, and who I am not. And being ok with both.
Sweet friends, our hope for you as your peruse and mingle about The Hybrid Home is that you would be filled with the encouragement that you are uniquely made to be you. There is not another like you. And while the world tries to tell us that we have to be all organic, or all oily, or all vegan and completely Charlotte Mason or 100% classical, off the grid or on, a complete extrovert or none whatsoever, we so desire for you to know that it’s ok to mix it up. It’s ok to say you hate science experiments and prefer readalouds. It’s ok to be a screen free family but let your kids binge watch cartoons on Saturday mornings. Whole foods it as much as possible, but if the McDonalds drive thru is what is going to set a better tone in your home then go big and upsize. Send one to school and homeschool another. Be free of the constant yammering soapboxes coming from the internet and hold on tight knowing that the Creator God has allowed you to bring glory to Him in a way that is unique to you and your family. And just do you - really really well.
“a person who fears the Lord avoids all extremes.” Ecclesiastes 7:18