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No More Blues

Did you know that February is deemed the hardest month in the whole year to homeschool?? Have you experienced it yourself? I mean what’s not to love about February….cold days, no sunshine, sickness, kids running wild, expectations for your spouse, and not to mention cabin fever.

 

I’m not trying to get you on the “negativity” bus. I’m simply trying to portray the reality of what most every homeschool mom goes through. It’s normal and it is okay.

I have been homeschooling for 3 years now and have come to realize a pattern. EVERY year I get into this slump. The day we start back our homeschooling….all I got was tears, bad attitudes, and can we play Play station fifty million times!

I always have a dream of what homeschooling should look like and I’ve always wanted to persevere through the holidays for routine’s sake. However, something always gets in the way. This year we were putting finishing touches on our new farmhouse and moved in the week before Christmas. Whew! It was a whirlwind…but I was determined to move in before Christmas.

Needless to say, we maybe opened our books once or twice a week during the holidays. My whole “vision” went out the window.

So with no doubt I question every decision I’ve made regarding homeschooling. I question the curriculum, the method, the quality, and everything in between.

Recently I had this conversation with my mom and she helped me to see another perspective to all my questioning. She said “you should question yourself”. I never really thought that questioning myself was a good thing.

She is absolutely right. We should always be evaluating what is best for our kids. Sometimes what is best for our children is not what we have in mind.

Other than our children’s spiritual walk, their education is the most important aspect of their lives. We carry a huge responsibility as home educators.

When I wind up questioning myself and become tired and weary I always know the scripture is where I need to find encouragement.

Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

God assures us that the last fall semester was good work and we should push through the tough times. Our hard work will be appreciated and not forgotten.

So what can you do today to help you push through these homeschool blues???

G I V E U P

Wait what??? No I’m not contradicting myself.

Give up your expectations that you will have the perfect homeschool experience or the perfect homeschool room. Give up your dream of your kids always on their best behavior and not fighting back. Give up the comparison of your homeschool day to another’s. (that’s a hard one for me)

B E P R O U D

You have survived 6813243861324357 days of reading lessons (blah), life lessons, arguing, disciplining, tears, laughter, educational breakthroughs, toddler drama, and so much more. Give yourself some credit. Homeschooling is tough! You’ve decided to sacrifice much for your children. You are following the call God has placed in your life. You have spent countless hours planning and praying. You are doing a great job, Momma!

D O S O M E T H I N G

Make a list of easy things you could do with your kids that will relieve the homeschool burnout.

Here is a list of a few things that you might try:

  1. Go Outside: even if it is only for 10 minutes. Breath of fresh air will be good for everyone and you might just enjoy it.
  2. Play a game: Game schooling has become a huge deal. Kids learn valuable skills playing board games. Side note: my toddler is learning how to count by playing hide-n-go-seek. I just notice this today as she was helping her brother count.
  3. Art: learn how to draw something new. You tube is wonderful for these days where everyone is not feeling that great and you still want them to receive some sort of educational value. Plus Art is FUN!
  4. Exercise: Get the yoga mat out and do some light stretching with your kids and then your phys-ed is checked off the list and the kids love to feel included in your workout!
  5. Out Source: Sign up for a class or two online for your child to take while it frees you to focus on the toddler or another child who desperately needs some one-on-one time. Some great places to start are Beacon Online Learning, Khan Academy, Powerhomeschool.org.

Mama, you are not alone with the feelings that come alongside homeschooling. The winter months are hard and sometimes long for the Northern folks. (No way I could live up there..hehe)

Find a friend. Take up a new hobby.

Most importantly lean on Christ and don’t forget to feed your soul.

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