Monday, August 20, 2018

Dear Frazzled Mom

Dear Frazzled Mom,

I see you.  I've been there.  I've felt the pressure you are feeling.  It feels like everyone is questioning your decisions.  The more questions you get, the more you doubt yourself.  Especially that question...Are you sure you can homeschool them?  I bet you are ready to pull your hair out, scream, and most days there are probably tears involved.  I know, they've asked me that question a million times too.  I've cried many tears over the doubts, the questions, and the fears.  Every time I start thinking, "Can I really do this?," God shows me that I can.  The times where the doubt hits me are the times that God shows me the blessings of homeschooling.  There are so many.  No one knows your child like you do and teaching them is something you have done since the day they were born.  Keep going.  Don't give up!  Don't let the doubts win.  Don't let those people that don't understand how precious your child's education is, make you feel guilty for choosing a different way for your child.
A Glimpse of Normal
This year marks my 12th year of homeschooling and I will be the first to tell you I don't always have it all together or all figured out.  That doesn't mean that I give up.  It means we adjust and we try things until we figure out what works.  I do my best to figure out how my children will learn best and then we try it.  If it works we keep at it, if it doesn't we adjust and try again.  There is no right way and no wrong way as long as you are actually getting the school in.  Just make sure you are meeting your state's requirements and then do what is best for you.  Don't get caught in the trap of comparison. That will drive you crazy and make you question yourself more.  Do what works for you and know that it is okay if your school doesn't look like my school.  We are all different, we all learn differently, and what works for me, may not work for you.  That's okay.  That is the beauty of homeschooling.  My school doesn't have to look like your school.

So Frazzled Mom as you get ready to head back to school or maybe continue on with your first few days of school, take a deep breath, pray for God's direction for your school, and do what works for your students.  It will all be okay even when it doesn't feel like it will.  You can do it and don't let anyone tell you that you can't.  You got this!

A Former Frazzled Mom

P.S. Our Homeschool Review Crew is hosting a Back to School blog hop this week.  Keep coming back this week for encouragement and ideas.  Check out these blogs along with clicking on the pictures further down for more reading.
Christine @ Christine Howard Christy @ The Simple Homemaker Dawn @ Schoolin' Swag Debra @ Footprints in the Butter Diana @ Homeschool Review Felicia @ Homeschool 4 Life Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning Jeniffer @ Thou Shall Not Whine Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life

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