Over the last few weeks our homeschool has been a roller coaster of pure insanity. We have dealt with financial issues, family issues, behavioral issues, and of course educational problems. With all of this hitting at the same time I found myself asking, “Am I still called to homeschool?” It’s easy for doubt to creep in when things get hard. Here are a few questions to ask to find out if you are still meant to homeschool.
Why am I homeschooling?
This is the biggest question you need to ask when making decisions. It can be easy to forget the why when it all starts to get overwhelming. Before making any decisions go back to your Why. Does it still apply? Does your why still make sense? Does it still fit your current situation? Look at the answer to these questions and it will help you to decide what your next move should be.
Is homeschooling my child’s best option?
Often homeschool families cling to homeschooling like it’s something they have to succeed at. If you are questioning whether or not you should still homeschool, look at the bigger picture. Is homeschooling still the best option for the child? Is there a school setting that would better meet their needs? When I say needs, I am referring to more than education. Is there a school setting that would meet the emotional, spiritual, and educational needs of your child? If so, is it an option that you should explore for them?
Do I need to adjust my approach?
Sometimes homeschooling is the right answer but the approach is wrong. If you are working on teaching a child in a way they don’t learn well, they will continue to be frustrated and so will you. Try a change in approach before abandoning homeschooling altogether.
Am I being lazy?
Sometimes we fall in to a rut. Sure we don’t mean to. I know I don’t mean to get lazy but there are just some days I really don’t want to do anything. In fact, the other day I posted a status that said, “I don’t want to adult today. I have adulted enough.” That being said, is laziness causing your homeschool to run less effectively than it could? Look at where your time is invested and ask yourself if a change in your ability to do will change the value of your homeschool?
Am I playing the comparison game?
One of the biggest criminals in the homeschool world is the comparison game. I am guilty of it more than I would like to admit. I look at the way someone else is educating their children and notice everywhere I don’t measure up. Instead of letting comparison steal your homeschool joy, look at the children you are educating. Are they growing and maturing at a rate they should be? If they are, ignore Suzy’s fully functional homestead and focus on your home.
These are just a few of the options to consider when deciding whether you are still meant to homeschool. What questions do you ask yourself on the hard days? What would you recommend other homeschoolers ask?