We are right in the middle of our fifth year of homeschooling. In some ways it still seems like we just started yesterday, and it other ways it feels like I should have graduated ten kids by now. I can probably sum up our entire homeschooling journey in two words: learning experience. Not just for the children either. Oh no, each and every day, I’m learning something new too. I’m still learning what works for us and what doesn’t….and then just when I think I have it figured out, it all changes again. You’re nodding your head because you know it’s true. Throughout these five years, I’ve had days when I could have won the Homeschool Mom of the Year award…and I’ve had even more days that throw me into the worst homeschooling mom ever category. Through it all though, I’ve found that there are a few things that good homeschool moms just do not ever do. I thought I could save you a few of those “worst homeschooling mom eve”r days and share these seven tips with you.
Good homeschool moms don’t….
- Compare themselves to other homeschooling moms or their children to other children. Just don’t do it. Your family dynamic, your children, and your homeschool is unique– just the way God created it to be. If he wanted your homeschool to look like “that super mom from co-op”, then he would have given you her children and her family and her situation, but He didn’t. He knew just what He was doing when he called you to be a homeschool mom. Trust that He will continue to guide you in the life He created for you…and only you.
- Participate in the Homeschool Mommy Wars. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched homeschool moms interact with other homeschool moms and it’s constant competition. “My kid learned long division at 4 years old.” “Oh yeah? Well, my kid came out of the womb reading.” I’ve seen these types of conversations RUIN homeschools. Homeschool moms need healthy community. Be a light in the darkness to fellow homeschooling moms.
- Think they can do it all. A good homeschool mom will tell you she isn’t Super Woman. She knows her limitations. She knows the limitations of her family. She knows when to say no. She understands that homeschooling is a priority and that sometimes means turning down seemingly “good” opportunities.
- Stop praying! Enough said.
- Freak out over the little things. So you’re a couple weeks behind schedule? You’ll make it up. Life happens and you have to change your homeschooling schedule? No big deal. Flexibility is key and good homeschooling moms know this.
- Run out of coffee/chocolate. What is your one little indulgence that gets you through the stressful days? The if I have to explain this concept one.more.time. days? Whatever it is, don’t run out. Ever. Your kids will thank you.
- Give up...Good homeschooling moms never ever give up. Even on the bad days. Even when your 9 year old still isn’t reading fluently. Even when you have to drag yourself to the table in the morning. Even when every fiber of your being wants to shut down. You keep going because this is what you were created to do…and no one, NO ONE, can do it as well as you.
What else would you add to this list?