I have been homeschooling my children since day one. When my husband and I decided to keep our children home it was with deep conviction and with a sense of ability. Here I am 5 years later, knee deep in curriculum we haven’t used, piles of papers that need to be filed, and lessons that we may never get around to going over.
No one told me when I started homeschooling that it was going to be something akin to herding cats some days. Don’t get me wrong, some days are awesome and I feel like we got everything done that we needed to and that my children were learning right on track. Then there are those days that I feel like I have doomed my children to failure. This is nothing new for moms. It is part of the process of raising children. It is just that we have added another layer to the parenting role – homeschooling.
It is true homeschooling IS hard. Some days I want to quit. Call the big yellow bus and have them pick up the kids and send them off for 8 hours of uninterupted bliss. For us that isn’t an option. We know that we are doing the work God called us to do and face it, when God is in it the devil is going to make it hard. It is just part of it.
So, I am going to redeem our hard homeschool days. I made some wonderful curriculum choices this year that have allowed us to be more flexible and me to be a bit more hands off. Including Teaching Textbooks for math has been such a blessing for me and S. She is learning so much and I don’t feel like screaming at the end of the day! Not having a solid reading curriculum for N has proven to be the best decision ever. We are just working through our Usborne Books and some fun other stories like Frog and Toad.
They key is to follow their lead and to take breaks! Don’t let homeschooling become a burden. It is a tool to shape and mold your children. We spend a lot of time learning about the Bible and working on character. It has made all the difference.
If you are having a hard time with homeschooling, you aren’t a lone. Here are some encouraging posts that you can find on The Multi Taskin’ Mom. Know that you aren’t alone!
- Our 2015 – 2016 Curriculum Choices
- I wish I could homeschool my children but…
- I don’t have the patience to homeschool my chilren
- An Open Letter to a Tired, Work-From-Home, Homeschooling Mom
- Why We Quit Homeschooling
What are some ways you redeem your hard homeschooling days?