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Dear Homeschool Mom Who is Failing

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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.

To the homeschool mom who thinks she is failing - For those days when you are feeling less than perfect and think you are failing your family

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.

Must-read Homeschool Books

Need some encouragement, you’ll be pleased with any of these books to strengthen your homeschool spirit when you’re feeling down or just need some help.

Homeschool Planning Guide for the Unorganized Mom: An easy-to-follow plan for successful homeschooling when you don’t even know where to startHomeschool Planning Guide for the Unorganized Mom: An easy-to-follow plan for successful homeschooling when you don’t even know where to startHomeschool Planning Guide for the Unorganized Mom: An easy-to-follow plan for successful homeschooling when you don’t even know where to startHomeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with ConfidenceHomeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with ConfidenceHomeschool Bravely: How to Squash Doubt, Trust God, and Teach Your Child with ConfidenceThe Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's EducationThe Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s EducationThe Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child's EducationThe Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and LifeThe Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and LifeThe Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and LifeBetter Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter MostBetter Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter MostBetter Together: Strengthen Your Family, Simplify Your Homeschool, and Savor the Subjects that Matter MostTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable PeaceTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable PeaceTeaching from Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

 

See the other posts in my Dear Homeschool Mom Series.

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10 Comments

  1. thank you for this reminder, Monique. It’s easy to get down on ourselves, seeing only the things that don’t go as planned. We all need to hear that others are experiencing the same feelings and that it’s going to be all right. Happy Mother’s Day!

  2. I became a Mom at age 33 and then again at 34. I have two wonderful
    kids a boy (who is all boy) and a girl (who’s a tomboy). I love them both to pieces.
    Greatest kids on earth!

  3. We started pretty young, I was 16 when we had our first child..I was fortunate enough though to find the one person for me the first time. We have been married 25 years and are so looking forward to being together another 25!. I have two extraordinary daughters, their ages are 25 and 22. We are blessed with a grand daughter who is two years old.
    This is a fantastic giveaway, thank you so much for this opportunity. Any of these prizes would be an excellent addition to our kitchen. I do not have a stand mixer, i have been using a hand mixer for years, so obviously that would greatly improve any mashed potatoes I make! . I LOVE coffee, so the single serve coffee maker is a definite plus and who doesn’t think that a slow cooker is one of the GREATEST inventions for the overly-busy individual that can still provide us with an excellent meal without the hard work and mess?!
    Thank you, sincerely -Danielle

  4. I love to read these encouraging posts about motherhood. They are so uplifting.

    Moms have the hardest job on the planet {in my opinion} and we often don’t get recognition for what we DO. If our home isn’t perfect, people notice THAT. If we are not put together everyday, people notice THAT.

    Thanks for sharing these kind words.

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