In all honesty, I am not very talented.
I don't possess many of the creative skills that can come in very handy with motherhood and domesticity. I am a mediocre cook, a mediocre baker, a below-average knitter, a terrible crafter. I can make a pot of play-dough but that's about the extent of my creative crafting talents.
I marvel at the mothers I know who are effortlessly and enjoyably creative and crafty. They dip autumn leaves in beeswax like it's as natural as combing their hair. They prepare grand seasonal dinners for a dozen of their closest friends like it's throwing together a pan of macaroni and cheese. They do leaf rubbings with their kids all morning and churn out a knitted baby sweater in the afternoon. They. Are. So. Cool.
Here's my talent: delegating.
I can admit what my strengths and weaknesses are and know what I can and cannot provide my children, and I can tap into the vast resources of my city to provide my children what I cannot: to rely on this extensive community of teachers to help my children pursue their passions and expand their interests.
For instance, my almost 7-year-old is very creative and crafty. Her knitting skills have already surpassed mine and she spends hours immersed in her various crafting projects. Luckily, in the city we have access to many homeschool-specific arts and crafts programs for children her age that she adores and that allow her to develop and satisfy her creative callings. One such city resource is a local city art studio for kids that offers homeschooling programs and a drop-in studio for kids of all ages. We try to take advantage of this spot as often as possible, appreciating the many, interesting projects and supplies they offer, and the warm and welcoming facilitators who are eager to help where needed.
With homeschooling, the truth is you don't have to do it all. And you shouldn't. You should recognize your talents, your own interests and abilities, and rely on the abundant resources of your community to fill in the gaps and help your children learn from the many accomplished people around them. Learning art from real-life artists. Learning math from real-life mathematicians. Learning woodworking from real-life carpenters. Learning science from real-life scientists. Learning history from real-life historians. This is the gift of homeschooling; this is the opportunity it offers our children to learn from the extraordinary people, places, and things in our community -- regardless of how skilled or talent-less we personally may be.