I can't tell you how many times I have heard the comment “I would love to homeschool my children, but I just do not have the patience for it.”
Neither do I. Naturally, I am not a very patient person….especially when I am trying to teach someone else how to do something that seems so easy to me. That doesn't sound like it would be conducive to homeschooling does it?
But, believe it or not, we are finishing up our sixth year of homeschooling, and we are all still alive!
It's not necessarily that I have found a secret stash of patience and bathed myself in it, but rather it's the fact that I've learned a few ways to successfully homeschool my children despite my lack of patience.
Please don't remove homeschooling as an option simply because you feel like you don't have the patience for it. Now, I'm not saying that every day is all sunshine and roses, because that is definitely not true, but if I can overcome my impatient tendencies then so can you, and here's how:
7 Ways to Homeschool When You Have No Patience
- Know yourself. This is huge. What are your triggers? What makes you lose every bit of patience that you have mustered up? Figure out those things and avoid them like the plague. Are you not a morning person? Then don't plan to start your homeschool day at 8am. Beginning in the afternoon might be a better fit for your family. Do you despise disorganization and chaos? Do you thrive on a schedule? Take steps to ensure that those areas have safeguards in place. I have a quote on my wall that says “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”, and that is key for me. The quickest way for me to lose all patience is by not having a plan. I'm not one of these moms who can just go where the wind blows me. That absolutely drives me mad. So, what do I do? I plan our days…not so precisely planned that getting off track stresses me out, but having a good overview of the day from the very beginning is a lifesaver.
- Know your children. Just as important as knowing your triggers are knowing the triggers of your children, because lets face it, when you are already lacking in the patience department, a whiny child is a surefire way to derail your day. When does your child work the best? What is his/her learning style? Do they have dietary issues that affect their moods? Figuring out these things from the very beginning will save you many hours of stress and heartache down the road.
So these two tips give you something to think about, but now you need some practical ways to increase your patience while homeschooling, right? On the next page, you will find 5 practical ways to make homeschooling work for you no matter how few patience you have, including an amazing way to solve the underlying issue of your lack of patience. Keep reading!