Dear Homeschool Mom who is failing,
I know that your dishes are piled high, almost as high as your laundry. I know that your kids do not obey you and that you have your homeschool lesson plans all over the place. The thing that use to be your desk is now stacked with unmarked papers, crayons, broken toys, an uneaten snack with sticky handprints all over it. You have no idea what you are making for dinner and hope that you can do something with that left over chicken and vegetables that are about to go bad.
You’re still in your PJs and your hair isn’t combed so you’ve pulled it back into some form of a ponytail. If a ponytail looked more like a rat’s nest. You feel like you have failed your children because they always seem to be fighting, one of them is always whining or crying and another could use some lessons in sympathy and gentleness. They all could use some lessons in obedience but you’re just too tired. Too tired of the fighting and arguing that you too need a lesson in meekness. You’ve raised your voice one time too many times today and you really need a break.
You look at the work that you’ve missed and the ever mounting pile of books that you have yet to finish and it’s too much. You have failed.
At least that is what you think. That child who complains about doing his work knows more math then you think he does especially when he can calculate how much each donut is in the box in his head. Your children are seen reading quietly to each other and you see an awesome example of sharing and giving as they play with their toys.
That child may have no clue about decimals but can remember every detail of the history exhibit that you saw last month at the museum. All your other child can seem to talk about is volcanoes and he’s gone off to build one with Legos. Your loving toddler comes to you at the end of each day for snuggles.
You, my friend, have not failed. You may need some organizational help, but you are not failing. You are home with your kids everyday, for every meal and you alone get to see the good and the bad. It takes work but you have come so far that you need to sit back and enjoy the opportunity that you have.
The Unhurried Homeschooler: A Simple, Mercifully Short Book on HomeschoolingThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition)Educating the WholeHearted Child — Third Edition
See the other posts in my Dear Homeschool Mom Series.