“I don’t have the patience to homeschool my children” has to rank in the top 5 things that people say that annoy me.
There is no homeschool mom that I know of (and I know a lot of them) who will stand up and say that each day they homeschool their child they keep their cool and never lose their patience.
I imagine that if you take a poll of homeschooling moms they would each admit, albeit it anonymously, that there are days that they have to stop short of their homeschool day just to save their own sanity.
You see, homeschooling is messy. It is hard.
Most Some days it is not fun.
Homeschooling is also one of the most rewarding challenges God has ever laid in front of me!
Remember the joy you felt when you heard your child said “mama” for the first time. Now, multiply that by 20 and you will have what it feels like to teach them to read. Seriously, after I taught S to read I felt like I could do anything. Then the next week we met up with a thing I like to call evil – others call it subtraction – and then we fell back into beating our heads on the desk.
The beauty of this homeschooling thing is that I have God to fall back on. In the hard times He is there waiting to comfort me and renew my strength.
His mercies are made new not just each day but each moment. He can take you from the worst day ever to grace.
Without Him in our day I wouldn’t be able to homeschool.
I am not a patient person. Don’t believe me, ask my husband!
21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Some things I do on our bad homeschool days:
- Put the books away and end our schooling – yep, just like that. I have learned that it is often best to just cut the day short and pick it back up the next day. It is okay to take some time away from the books to refresh minds and attitudes.
- Pray with my children – we will often stop and pray out loud for our hearts and minds to refocus. Sometimes this works, other times see the first point.
- Oil Up – I love essential oils. I am not going to tell you they are the best tool for everything, because I don’t believe that, but I do believe that they can be used for certain things and one thing I definitely use them for is to uplift and inspire. If we are having a bad/rough day I will choose one of our many oils or blends and reset the chaos.
- Send them outside – if it is warm enough I will send my children outside for a break. I have them go ‘run it off’ and usually that helps get the wiggles out and they are ready to get back to it.
Bribery – when all else fails.
Not everyone is going to be able to homeschool. Not everyone should homeschool. That is not the point I am trying to make. I guess what I am trying to say is that each day is different. Each day will bring challenges and victories. It is all in how you decide you want to handle them. You can be defeated and walk away. Or you can stop, give it to God, and come back tomorrow.
Now, excuse me while I gather up the bits of ripped paper from yesterdays math lesson and tape them back together so we can try to do it again today!
Not having the patience to homeschool our children is one homeschool myth I believe we are all tired of!
Today I am teaming up with several of my blogging friends to bring you more homeschool myths that we have debunked!
Head over to the Homeschool Blogging website and find out more about these homeschool myths!