A few things came to the forefront, and I ended up making the decision to put going to our homeschool co-op on hold. We about never called in sick or anything – when we commit to something, we commit and follow through.
But I have other things that need my attention right now, without the planning and time of co-op taking away from it. Namely, the kids (11yo and I are having issues, and I’m not quite okay with letting our relationship ending like the one my father and I didn’t have), some school stuff (still trying to get on top of that, again, difficult with the 4yo flitting around), the house (keeping it tidy and fun to live in, possibly having the kitchen remodel happen), and the yard and outside stuff (the garden, redoing the roof, the gutters, the falling retaining wall).
The decision kind of hurts, but looking back, would I regret spending more time focusing on my own nuclear family? Probably not. We can always try going back in a semester or two. The kids’ main problem? Seeing their friends. Until I reassured them that we’d figure out one playdate a week with their friends, no problem. With that day freed up to get things done, that can give us a little more wiggle room for playdates whenever.