Homeschooling in the months of November and December was very difficult. There was no peace. Instead there was a constant conflict between my oldest and I. We love each other very much and homeschooling is 100% our passion but we both burned out. We both struggled and lacked the peace we needed to go forward. I won’t even lie. I often threatened to throw her in school because it would be better for everyone. Do I really think that was the best option? No. I was overwhelmed and I was thinking of the easy way out. Fast forward a few weeks and we are finally starting to see some peace around here. Things aren’t perfect but they are better.
Over the next few weeks I am going to share some tips to help you bring find peace in your homeschool. I know how stressful it can be. Let’s conquer this together.
One of the biggest thieves of peace in a homeschool setting is an unrealistic expectation. One of the things that helped me to move past the stress and restore peace to the house was to change my expectations. You see, I watched homeschool moms do it all and look happy doing it. I fell prey to the Pinterest Perfect Homeschool Mom Plague.
Peace returned to our house when I looked at what my expectations for our house and my kids were. If you are overwhelmed it may be time to evaluate your expectations. Here are some questions to get you started.
Why do I want to homeschool?
What is the end goal of homeschooling my children?
What do I think it most important in this house?
Does the way I am doing things now line up with the answer to the last three questions?
What can I change or eliminate to bring peace back to my homeschool?
Answering these questions will help you to really decide what matters most. For me, it changed the way I approached homeschooling. When you know what your priorities are it is easier to find peace and balance in your household.
Are you letting your child work you to death with unrealistic expectations of the kind of homeschool mom you should be? Take some time and set some realistic boundaries. For me, that meant scheduling out specific amounts of time for certain activities that mattered to each child. For you that may mean dropping an extracurricular or joining a co-op.