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There are days that being a homeschool parent is not easy. Yes, I said it. Sometimes all I want to do is grab a cup of hot tea or coffee, sit next to my fireplace, and curl up with a good book. Other times, I just want to catch up on e-mails or Facebook. I do not want to have to teach.
This feeling always seems to come over me right around this time, the Thanksgiving/Christmas holiday season. Mixed in with the beginning of winter and its cold temperatures, and all I find myself wanting to do is hibernate. This probably explains why we took so many weeks off last year around this time. (I promised myself that I would NOT do that again this year as it extended our year too far into late spring.)
Yes, there are times I wish I could call in a substitute. However, I don't have that luxury. Do any other homeschool parents feel this way? I'm sure I am not the only one.
So what keeps me going?
- Knowing that as my children's role model it's important to teach them diligence.
- Believing that for this season of my life, this is God's purpose for me. This drives me to do it in a way that I hope glorifies Him.
- Listening to my youngest son, who started the first day of school in tears, tell me that he is glad to be homeschooled and that I am a great teacher.
- Being blessed to have several friends who also homeschool that I can go to when I need encouragement.
- Having a husband who is my biggest cheerleader and homeschool supporter. His help in dealing with any character issues that may arise within our children helps to keep our school on track.
- Praying; asking God daily to provide me with everything I need to teach my children.
- Participating in school field trips. They help to break up our daily school routine.
- Trusting that God will fill in all of the gaps in my children's education.
- Creating a schedule that is easy and adaptable to "life" (illness, vacations, family emergencies, etc.).
- Experiencing those "aha" moments with my children while watching them grow not only in their academic knowledge, but more importantly, in their knowledge (and faith) in God.
If you're a homeschool parent, what are some things that help you continue on your journey?
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