If you haven’t yet noticed, I have been talking more about homeschooling. I think it is because it’s a huge part of my life. It really is life itself, for my children. Life is all about learning. To live the best life we can possibly live, we must learn and grow. We cannot do that behind a desk for 8 hours. We cannot expect children to learn real life taking tests. I don’t go grocery shopping and take a test for my groceries. Laughable right? Homeschooling can get very frustrating. BUT, so can life in general. When you are trying to start a new business, that can get frustrating too. Do you give up? NO, you keep pushing forward. So, homeschooling and juggling everything as a Mother gets really hard but I choose to keep going. They deserve the best from me.
In this post I want to encourage you. I want to help you by reminding you why you are doing this in the first place. We all need a little reminder every now and then. I know I sure do! Keep reading and hopefully by the end you will feel a little more encouraged in your journey and maybe a bit more inspired.
5 Encouraging Tips for the Homeschool Mom
Homeschool days are never the same at my house. It is rare that things go as planned for more than a day at a time. I probably have said that before. My point is that no matter what happens during your day, keep at it. If there is not enough time to finish those math problems, that is okay! There is always tomorrow. The beauty of learning at home is there actually is more time! Seriously, there doesn’t have to be a set schedule. It can work out any way that you want or need it to. Don’t let life’s little inconveniences get you down. Make another plan, set another goal and do the best you can. One day, all of the learning will show itself in many different ways.
So…..“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.” Ann Landers
That just says it all right there. As I was typing that quote, it reminded me once again that I am doing just fine. I am teaching little human beings to help themselves. Yes, math, writing and learning world history is important, but so is the ability to be a thoughtful and responsible adult. At the end of the day, what is the most important thing that your children learn? To have the ability to teach themselves!
Have you ever felt afraid to tell people what you do all day? Do they say, “Wow! You must have plenty of time to homeschool since you are a stay at home Mom.” ? And you think to yourself, there never seems to be enough time to get it done. I always feel like I am not accomplishing anything if I don’t finish that to do list. Wrong! My 5 year old boy is having a hard time remembering his lower case letters. We should have started with those but I didn’t so now we are working on it. Today, we played a memory matching game. We also read a book together. I never got to math, which seems to come so easy to him. Did I accomplish nothing because we didn’t do arithmetic? I think you get my point. Don’t fret Mama, you got this.
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” Maya Angelou
By the way, I am cooking dinner and feeding my 7 month old crackers to keep him happy. I always hope I can finish a post the same day. I think I may have mentioned the schedule thing already. To elaborate further, I would like to say how spot on the above quote is. Have you noticed that public school has a mundane schedule? Yes, I know this is a must because of all the children. It seems to be the only way that really big schools can achieve anything. Supposedly, their idea of an education is a schedule and grade levels. I find that to be a very sad fact. Kids all learn at different paces. Education is not a one size fits all thing. You cannot expect every child to know and learn something at the same time. Because of this idea of an education, so many children’s self-esteem plummets. I was one of them. So, stop worrying about someone else’s schedule and what level your child is at. As long as you keep trying for them and be there for them, they will get it.
“The idea is to educate, not follow anyone’s schedule about when something should be studied.” Ray Drouillard
This also goes for your entire home. He does not care that you didn’t have time for the dishes the night before and he doesn’t care that all of the books aren’t put back on the shelf. He also does not care that your school table is full of cut up pieces of paper and broken crayons. He cares about what is in your heart and your children’s. Do not let those trivial things get in the way and make you stressed. Trust me, it does you and them no good at all. In fact, that messy table and dishes in the sink is proof that you are an amazing mother. You are taking care of little humans and fostering a home of learning and growing. I needed this reminder today. Did you?
I truly hope these small reminders have encouraged you, inspired you and brightened your day. Sometimes we just need to hear that we are doing just fine.
Do you have any encouraging words or quotes to add? Leave me a comment or send me an email! I would love to hear from you.