There are just some times where it is better off if you decide to quit homeschooling.
You are responsible for teaching them math, spelling, science, history, and to read.
When you are more concerned with finishing that math textbook while disregarding your child’s tears, it may be time to quit homeschooling.
When you lose your patience and use less than graceful words with your child, it may be time to quit homeschooling.
When you are yelling why oh why can’t I just send you to public school, it may be time to quit homeschooling.
When you blame your child for their weaknesses and fail to encourage or uplift them, it may be time to quit homeschooling.
For the day at least. Or maybe a week. You are their mother first and foremost, and when you forget to give them a hug while they have tears in their eyes, you need to put your teacher hat away and be their mom.
Sometimes I get so wrapped up in wanting to finish the math program, or staying on schedule that I forget that I’m not only their teacher but their mother as well. A mother who should be able to tell when their child is feeling upset. A mother who should be looking out for their best interests. Isn’t that why we started homeschooling in the first place?
If you haven’t gotten enough sleep or coffee, if you are in a grouchy mood, recognize that this may be a day that you takes things a little more easily.
Recognize your triggers, a happy mommy makes a happy home.
I’m guilty of letting my voice betray my disappointment at times, but I’m working on it. I am not perfect.
Know when to call it quits for the day, eat some ice cream, play a board game, or go on a nature walk. Do whatever it takes to remind them that you do know what is best for them. That it may be time to quit homeschooling for the day, to replenish your relationship, because you and only you are blessed to be their mother and have them in your life.