I’ve homeschooled my kids for over 13 years now. Generally speaking, I love homeschooling and wouldn’t want to do life any other way.
Then, there are those days. You know the ones.
The days when the thought crosses my mind that maybe we’d all be better off if I just put the kids in school.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seriously entertained the idea, because it’s not what I want to do, but there are days when the thought has crossed my mind and the threat has crossed my lips. Those are usually really bad days. Thankfully, they’re few and far between.
Those are the days when I have to remind myself why we do this. Sometimes they’re the days when my husband has to remind me why we do this. And, ultimately, I always come back to knowing that homeschooling really is the very best option for my kids.
If you’re having one of those days when you need a reminder, check out some of these posts to help you put things back into perspective.
It’s not a question of if homeschooling will be hard; it’s a question of when. If you think homeschooling is all puppies and rainbows and unicorns, you are in for a rude awakening. Thankfully, the hard days are in the minority and a little preparation goes a long way in overcoming them. Check out these 5 tips so you aren’t blindsided when the difficult days arrive.
I love my teens – big, giant-puffy-heart love them. For the most part, they are amazing people with whom I love sharing life. Then, there is that other part. The part where they’re teenagers. Remember being a teenager? Remember the stuff you did? The poor decisions you made? Yeah. Homeschooling is not a get-out-of-jail-free card for those moments. Learn how to keep your sanity while homeschooling teens.
The winter blues. Cabin fever. Whatever you want to call it, it usually hits sometime in February – at least for me. It’s that feeling that spring is never going to come this year. We’re never going to make it to the end of this homeschool year, and I am sick and tired of every last little bit of our curriculum. Thankfully, those feelings doesn’t last long and there are ways to avoid them. Don’t miss my 5 tips for overcoming the winter doldrums.
Sometimes I read an article that I wrote awhile back and find that I needed to hear it as much as anyone else. 10 More Homeschooling Do’s and Don’ts is one of those articles. Take a peek and see if it’s one of those reminders you need, too.
Is your house a disaster right now? If so, you really need to click over to read this post if for no other reason than to see the picture of my kitchen on this particular day. It will make you feel better. Really. Because some days are like that – even when you homeschool.
And, when in doubt, always remember what makes homeschooling amazing:
Homeschool encouragement from around the web:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Peaceful Homeschool Mornings by Pam Barnhill at Ed Snapshots
Homeschool: When the Kids Try to Throw You Overboard by Lara Molettiere of Everyday Graces (I whole-heartedly agree with her 2nd point.)
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This post is linked to the Hip Homeschool Hop.