Being a homeschool mom is hard work. Not only do you have to provide your children with a stellar education, you also have to take care of a household full of meal plans, schedules, and responsibilities. Some days you are super mom, but most days you are just super tired.
Is homeschooling overwhelming you? Do you feel like you’ve lost yourself in curriculum catalogs and homeschool groups? Are you more schoolmarm than mom? Perhaps it’s time to put the HOME back in your homeschool.
Make your homeschool fit your family, not the other way around.
Do you find yourself pushing through homeschool subjects, trying to get it all done? Do you measure the success of your day based on everyone getting their schoolwork finished without any meltdowns? You need a paradigm shift! Homeschooling shouldn’t be what rules your day. You are a family first and foremost.
Look for curriculum and opportunities that fit the unique structure of your family, and always be willing to tweak them to fit your style. If you like history, choose a curriculum along the Classical lines. If your family has a lot of different interests, try finding unit studies online and make a Pinterest board of all the ones you want to try this year. If your children enjoy having you read aloud to them, be sure to find a curriculum that has lots of living books you can share. And if it is a particularly rough year, don’t be afraid to use workbooks to get the job done.
Limit your outside activities.
Sometimes we are overwhelmed because we have chosen way too many outside activities for our children. We want them to have lots of opportunities, but in the process we are never home! We lose a sense of family and the groundedness that comes from spending time together at home.
Try to choose outside activities that have lasting merit, are family-friendly, and aren’t just busyness. An example of lasting merit would be music lessons. Learning to play an instrument will carry well into adulthood, as well as giving your child an opportunity to serve others through their music. An example of a family-friendly activity would be one the entire family can enjoy, such as acting in a community play together or exercising together.
So many activities separate families and are only useful for entertainment purposes. Looking for activities that have meaning and bring your family closer together will create a better sense of family and home.
Be the kind of mom you would want to be if you didn’t homeschool.
Wish you had time to do a unit study or a science project with the kids? Are you thinking about how awesome it would be to try some of those “fun mom” things from Pinterest? Are you sad there never seem to be enough hours in the day to read aloud to your children? Stop being a school and start being a family! Stop being a teacher and start being mom! Plan fun activities like tea parties and nature walks. Take the time to simply smile at your children. Don’t fill your day with so much school there isn’t time to be a family and do family things.