After over a decade of homeschooling and years of sharing our family's homeschool journey on Instagram, I often get homeschool-related questions from moms and homeschool families from many different walks of life. From new homeschool moms who want to know where to start. From tired homeschool moms who want to know how to press through when things aren't going the way, they had planned. From lonely homeschool moms who don't have a support system in place and often feel completely alone.
I hope that these 5 points will help each and every one of you, no matter what stage of this homeschool journey you are on. If you found these helpful, head to the link below to read 5 more tips!
1. Let go of anything that is not bringing you AND your children joy. It may be a curriculum that you thought you would love. It may be a unit study that you planned for weeks. Whatever it is, if it's taking the joy out of learning set it aside.
There have been so many times that I have had to do this very thing. And even though it's been hard at times, my children & I are so much happier when our lessons & days consist of the things that fill us with joy.
2. Know your why. We all have different reasons for homeschooling & I have found that it is so important to write down what those are. Your life's circumstances will change. Your children's needs will change. You as a mother will change. Your why may even change
too! But on the hard days, when I have felt overwhelmed and been tempted to ship them off to the closest school (yes, we all feel that way at times) I have found that by going back to my whys I am able to re-center and to focus on the most important things which for me are spending my days learning alongside my children.
3. Never allow someone else's light to dim your own by comparing your homeschool with theirs. Okay. Read that again. Friends, this one is so important. No one's homeschool is as pretty as it looks on social media. There is a lot of encouragement and wisdom online but as soon as you start to look at someone else's homeschool and feel inadequate, it's time to step back and remind yourself that all your child really needs is YOU.