I love homeschooling. I’ve been on this homeschool journey for a long time! We started homeschooling 14 years ago. It has been one of the most rewarding jobs I’ve ever had. It has been such a blessing to be home with my kids. It has been so amazing to teach them and watch them grow into the amazing people that they are. But, I wouldn’t be totally honest with you if I didn’t admit that there were days – more than I can count – that I wanted to throw in the towel. I didn’t necessarily want to send them to school, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to spend my days with them, either.
There have been days that have been nothing more than a huge battle. We have battled over lessons. We have battled over chores. We have battled for independence and accountability. We have battled. There were days that one or more of my children spent an afternoon in their room, because I couldn’t be in the same room with them any longer. There were days I had to put the books away and focus on heart issues before we could even think about moving on with our lessons. We have had to work on respect and perseverance. We’ve worked on attitudes and relationships. What a blessing it has been to come out on the other side ready to face another day.
Homeschool Mom, Dont Give Up!
Whether you’re battling attitudes or tough subjects, don’t give up. Think back to the reasons you started homeschooling to begin with. Was it your desire to give your children an education grounded in the Word? Was it your desire to tailor your child’s education to their individual needs? Did you desire to keep your family unit together to build relationships as you all grew together? If you take a moment to regroup and reassess, chances are that those desires are still there – even if they’re buried at the moment.
Do you need to schedule in some breaks? Do you need to take some time off to work on heart issues instead of academics? Do you need to switch to a different curriculum that is a better fit for your struggling child? It is okay to admit that you are feeling defeated or intimidated or burnt out. It happens to the best of us. Homeschooling isn’t easy. It isn’t always fun. It takes discipline and hard work from everyone involved. It takes commitment.
Connect with other homeschoolers. Chances are, you won’t have to look too hard to find one or more homeschool mommas who have considered throwing in the towel at one time or another. Finding someone who has been in your shoes and has persevered may be just the thing you need to make it through another day.
Have you ever felt like giving up? What helped you decide to keep going?
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