Every time someone finds out that I’m homeschooling my children and finishing graduate school, they say “I don’t know how you do it all.”
I don’t and I never had. I’m lucky if I can get through the day completing everything 3/4 of everything I wanted to do on my list. That would be a great day.
I have a toddler crawling around the house, getting into all kinds of trouble. I have a 5 year old who loves to bother his brother, makes a tornado through my living room full of toys, and enjoys screaming at the top of his lungs whenever he so pleases.
My middle schooler has decided that he’d rather sit in his room all day than do any kind of school work, he back talks anytime I ask him to do anything including when I ask him to brush his teeth, and he is constantly fighting with his younger brother. Read about my troubles here.
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Recommended Homeschooling Books
You may just be getting started or just need some homeschool inspiration but I always love to reread these books every year to gain new insights and remind me that homeschooling can be a challenge but can also be worth it.
Homeschool Planning Guide for the Unorganized Mom: An easy-to-follow plan for successful homeschooling when you don’t even know where to startThe Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and LifeThe Read-Aloud Family: Making Meaningful and Lasting Connections with Your KidsThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at HomeA Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of LearningThe Call of the Wild and Free: Reclaiming Wonder in Your Child’s Education
Homeschooling is hard…
Don’t even get me started on what my house actually looks like during the day.
There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t second guess our decision to homeschool. Am I doing the right thing? Could they be doing better in school? Are they missing out on something in public school?
I think I’m doing the right thing, my son says that he wants to continue to homeschool, and I’m sure they are missing something but I think they are also gaining something more by being at home.
I struggle, every single day, to get our work done, cook, and clean. Things are not rainbows and sunshine every day.
I read other people’s blogs and feel like I’m underachieving as a homeschooling mother. How do they have time to do it all and then take pictures and blog about it?
I remember that we don’t usually post the bad things that occur in our homeschool but highlight the good things that go on during the week. I don’t want to compare my children to other people because they are
excelling, well accomplishing, what we are doing in our school. I’ve chosen subjects and curricula that I think they will enjoy and I try to teach to the way they best learn.
I need to work on not letting the tone of my voice betray my disappointment or frustration. I get angry and impatient. But I admit my mistakes and we try to move on. No one is perfect, and I’m surely not.
I may not be the best homeschooling mother, but I’m the best mother to these 3 children. I know them the best and I know what motivates them and what they will enjoy learning the most.
I may not have to be the best but I’m trying to homeschool to the best of my own abilities. That may mean a messy house and my own unfinished projects, but at least we’re learning together.