The Importance of Knowing Your “Why” for Homeschooling

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The Importance of Knowing Your “Why” for Homeschooling

We’re faced with a variety of decisions every single day, but occasionally we have to make one that’s life-changing. Perhaps it’s a career switch, uprooting to move to a new place, choosing to expand our family through adoption or pregnancy, or pursuing a risky medical treatment when there are no great options available. Sometimes it’s deciding to homeschool our kids.

Have a Clearly Defined Why

People choose to homeschool for a myriad of reasons and their why can change over time.

The reasons may be very practical.

  • A parent’s work schedule conflicts with a traditional school schedule to the point they’d rarely see their kids.
  • You live in a place where other schooling options would require an incredibly long commute or sending a child to boarding school, but you don’t feel either of those options are best for your circumstances.
  • Ongoing medical situations in your family require a student to miss too much class time in a brick-and-mortar school or for a parent to spend far too much time coordinating rides to and from school around doctor and therapy appointments.

Perhaps the reasons are more about personal convictions and values.

  • You believe kids should spend all, or at least most, of their time with their own families.
  • The ability to integrate religious beliefs into academics is important to you.
  • You’re not comfortable with the curriculum, approach to discipline, and/or general atmosphere of the local public and private schools.

Although some people’s motives for homeschooling aren’t ideal, what generally matters more than a motive itself is that you can articulate what yours is.

The Why Pushes Us Forward

The first reason it’s important to know our why is because it will light a fire under us, helping us move forward when we’d otherwise remain stagnant or retreat. No matter how strongly we believe that homeschooling is the best option for our family at a given point in time, there will be moments when the only thing we want is put all the kids on a bus and have the day to ourselves. A particular subject will get boring, we’ll feel overwhelmed by all the responsibilities on our plate, or we won’t feel like researching the best method of helping a kid who’s struggling to learn something.

In those times, it’s critical to remind ourselves of our why. There’s nothing wrong with acknowledging whatever aspect of homeschooling is difficult at the time, and we should certainly make adjustments when necessary, but most of the time we simply need to keep our eyes on the prize. By remembering what prompted us to take the homeschooling plunge in the first place, we’ll find ourselves more motivated to persevere through the parts that are less than dreamy.

The Why Pulls Us In

The second reason for clearly defining our why is that it reins us in, keeping us from chasing every homeschooling wind that blows by. It’s a blessing to live in a time and place with a plethora of resources and options available to homeschooling families. However, that vast array of choices becomes a burden if we feel compelled to follow each new trend or experiment with every approach. We lose continuity and stability if we’re always jumping from one thing to another, trying things simply because they look fun or are working well for people we know.

Sure, there will be times when we need to shake things up a bit for one reason or another, but focusing on our why will help us stick with what’s working for our family. It serves as a checkpoint to make sure that we’re only doing those things that serve our homeschooling purposes, saying no to everything else.

What’s Your Why for Homeschooling?

Why have you chosen to homeschool? Is that a question you can easily answer? If not, I challenge you to think it through until you know exactly what it is. Then allow that why to be what both pushes you forward and pulls you in  along your homeschooling journey.

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5 Ways to Bring the Great Commission to Life in Your Homeschool

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5 Ways to Bring the Great Commission to Life in Your Homeschool

No matter your reason for choosing to homeschool—the academic advantage, an education tailored to your child’s needs, the opportunity to experience math, science, and history through the lens of faith—as Christians, we know that our job as parents is a multi-faceted one. Yes, we need to give our children solid math instruction, but our greater call is to mentor them in Biblical truth.

Chief among those truths is The Great Commission, which calls on Christ’s followers to multiply His Kingdom:

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." --Matthew 28: 19

It’s a tall order, and one that we need to be active in as we gather around our dining room table and explain the difference between nouns and verbs. But to fully complete the circle of instruction, our children need to realize that it’s their job to do the same.

Thankfully, it’s not hard to give your children a vision for what they can do to partner with Christ in spreading the Good News. Here are five ideas to create a family culture that introduces others to Christ.

1. Join Sonlight’s Giving Campaign

Each year Sonlight partners with a missions organization. The 2018 giving campaign is Experience India with Mission India. Your family will learn more about the Hindus and Muslims in one of the world’s largest mission fields and begin to understand exactly why the light of Christ brings freedom to those trapped in false religions. Through the Children’s Bible Club, Indian children meet Jesus, and your children will begin to grasp how they can pray, fund raise, and spread the word about projects working to share the Gospel.

2. Read Missionary Biographies

Sonlight is chock full of incredible missionary tales; you’ll meet Mary Slessor, George Mueller, William Carey, and a host of other believers who sacrificed much to devote their lives to serving Christ. But don’t stop there! The biographies of missionaries are great tools for showing children that God uses all kinds of people in all kinds of ways… and they may be called on to do the same!

3. Adopt a Missionary Family

If you don’t already support a missionary family personally, I urge you to do so. Even $10 per month can make a huge impact in the work of reaching the lost. If your church is active in supporting missionaries, ask for contact information and assemble a small care package for them, or ask what their needs are. Not everyone can go to far-flung places, but everyone can play a part in supporting those who do.

4. Create a Missionary Prayer Album

Nearly every missionary has a prayer card—a postcard-sized photo listing their location, outlining their work, and sharing their needs. Collect these cards as you meet those engaged in the work of spreading the Name of Jesus. Punch a hole in the corner, and place them on a ring. When your family gathers for devotional time, pray for one of the families on your list by name, and remind your children where they work and how they are being used to fulfill the Great Commission.

5. Find a Local Gospel-centered Ministry

My town has a nighttime homeless shelter which allows believers to visit during daylight hours, when it’s empty, to leave cards on each bed and pray over the space. This is a great way to make an impact close to home, and to sow the seeds of outreach in even very young children. Soup kitchens, clothing drives, knitting for infants in NICUs… there are countless ways to tell others about Jesus in your own community.

Now, go! Make disciples of your own children… and give them opportunities to do the same.

Mission India

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How to Avoid the Crushing Cycle of Exhaustion as a Homeschool Mom

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How to Avoid the Crushing Cycle of Exhaustion as a Homeschool Mom

The crushing cycle of exhaustion is easy for any homeschool parent to fall into. Parents work so hard to take care of everyone else, they don't have time to take care of themselves. They get worn out, and then every step gets harder.

This exhaustion creates a cycle where a mom is so tired it takes twice as much effort to do anything. Now she needs more time to take care of herself, but she has less time to do so. The circle can keep spiraling until there's a breakdown of some sort—an angry outburst or stress-induced illness, for example.

When the cycle of exhaustion happens, a parent feels so guilty about it, that she redoubles efforts to take care of others, which leads back into the same cycle once again.

I've been on this cycle of exhaustion. I know how it feels, and I want you to know that you are not alone. There are lots of homeschool moms who feel it, too.

It's okay to ask for time alone. It's okay to be a little "selfish" now, so you have more of yourself to offer to take care of others later. It's not wrong to take care of yourself as much as you take care of your spouse and children.

Just like Jesus, we need time to refresh and rejuvenate, and thankfully we have a Biblical precedence to do so.

Jesus Knew How to Ask For and Receive Help

Jesus directly asked for help at times. For example, he asked the disciples to come to the Garden of Gethsemane and pray with him. Twice he got upset with them for not staying awake and supporting him as he asked. To emphasize: He asked for help and got upset when he did not get it. It's okay to ask our friends and family to help out and to be hurt or upset when they don't come through for us in our time of need.

When help was offered, Jesus graciously accepted help. He allowed the angels to attend to him and accepted the help of Simon to bear his cross. When friends and family ask if they can help us, it’s good to consider the heart of their request and take them up on it from time to time.

Jesus taught his disciples how to do part of his job and then sent them out to do it. In the same way, we can teach our little ones to help us with our work, and—when they are ready, send them out to do it. We don't have to do it alone.

Allowing Others to Help Us Gives Them a Blessing

Reach out to your husband, your family, your children, your friends, and your church when you need help. Don't let pride and embarrassment get in the way of allowing others to be blessed by helping you.

If you need extra funds so you can hire someone to help with the worst of the cleaning, it's okay to ask for it. I know you are thinking that your budget can't handle it. But maybe your husband is willing to give up $20 a week so you can afford an hour of assistance with cleaning or a babysitter to take the children for a couple hours. Hiring help means you get the self-care time you need and the helper is blessed with the job.

Or maybe your husband, mother, or sister is willing to give up and hour or two a week to help with the housekeeping or watch the children. If you don't ask for help, they might never know how badly you really need the help. They might think you're doing okay when really you're on the verge of drowning in the cycle of exhaustion.

We too often expect other people to intuit when we need help instead of directly asking for what we need. Others may realize that things are hard for you, but they don't understand how hard because you are so good at masking the exhaustion.

If our wonderful, amazing, awesome Jesus asked for and graciously received help from his friends and family, how much more should we ask for help from those willing to help us?

Allowing friends and family to help gives them a blessing. Think of how good it feels when you take care of your children (when you aren't in the grips of the cycle of exhaustion). It's rewarding and fulfilling, right? For many people, being able to help a friend or family member feels equally as good! Let them bless you, and they get blessed in turn.

What it Doesn't Mean When You Take a Break

Taking a break doesn’t mean you don’t love your children or that you are failing them.

When you allow yourself space to rest and breathe, you find yourself less annoyed, more caring, and more giving. By allowing yourself even a 5 minute break to sit quietly in your room and pray or meditate, you find that you can reach for the extra bit of patience later on in the day. By taking an hour or two a week to go window shopping or exercise at the gym, you find you have more happiness inside—happiness you share with your children and spouse.

It’s a Phase, But It's Still Very Real

The truth is this cycle of exhaustion is a phase in your life, but that doesn't make it any easier today. One day, you’ll think back on your homeschool years as a memory, and your children will be in a new phase with new problems and new blessings. And a new phase will occur right after that. Life is a series of phases, and they are all at once both wonderful and difficult.

Trying to live like Jesus means taking care of ourselves as much as it means taking care of others. If you don't take time to take care of yourself, you're not giving your spouse and children the best of you. You're giving them what's left of you. And the cycle of exhaustion leaves nothing to offer.

One step towards self-care is a curriculum that does the heavy lifting for you. Go to SmoothCourse to explore your options with Sonlight.

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5 Ways Read-Alouds Foster Mature Oral Communication Skills

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5 Ways Read-Alouds Foster Mature Oral Communication Skills

My whole crew was sick with walking pneumonia and journeyed en masse to the doctor’s office. At the appointment, my six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son collectively informed the nurse that they felt feverish, fatigued, and as if they must gasp for breath. My two-and-half-year-old added that we were miserable.

By way of explanation to the somewhat surprised doctor, I laughed and said, “We read a lot!”

As a Sonlight family, our kids use words that surprise others. Sometimes they even surprise us with their advanced vocabulary and complex grammar! I attribute their beyond-their-years communication skills directly to our habit of reading aloud.

Reading aloud has loads of benefits for speech acquisition and communication in general. Yes, it enables our kids to use an expansive and descriptive vocabulary to wow doctors, mail carriers, and the unsuspecting check-out lady at the grocery store. More importantly though, reading aloud develops language skills that empower our kids to communicate with others and make sense of the world. Here five ways I have witnessed Read-Alouds benefit my children's oral communication skills.

1. Exposure to a Diverse Vocabulary

The bulk of a child’s vocabulary is formed by the words they overhear at home. Thanks to reading aloud our Sonlight books, our kids know and use words that we might not typically use in conversation.

Just yesterday my daughter yelled, “Look, Grandma is emerging from the car.” This is not a sentence I have ever uttered. By reading aloud, she’s been exposed to the word emerging often enough to feel comfortable using it in her own speech.

Great literature makes a great vocabulary doable by providing pronunciation, articulation, and phonetic awareness. Children need to hear words in context multiple times before they can use them themselves. Reading great books to your children makes vocabulary development painless.

2. Using Words in Appropriate Context

Instead of prodding them to recite spelling and vocabulary words, I see my children voluntarily using new words throughout the day. This is especially true in their pretend play. For example, our homeschool study of Greek mythology has sparked weeks of imaginative play. I hear them shouting, “Watch out, Bellerophon! Pegasus is descending from the sky!” This is shouted as my sons encircle my laughing daughter, pretend wings flapping. The kids retell the stories using colorful and wonderful language in an appropriate context—words they gleaned from Read-Alouds.

3. Building a Large General Knowledge Bank

One Sunday we arrived at church to find the entire front field covered in yellow dandelions. My son proclaimed, “It’s a flock of dandelions!” Although the noun flock is typically reserved for animals or humans, you can absolutely derive his meaning. And in my opinion, his use of the word was delightful!

From an early age, kids gather an immense amount of information about the world around them from stories. As they are introduced to new vocabulary or the new application of a familiar word, they pull examples from that general knowledge. Literature fosters an ability to draw parallels and comparisons between the known and unknown.

4. Developing an Ear For Grammar

Ever cringe when someone says something like more better? Me too. More importantly, so do my kids. Someone uttered this nails-on-chalkboard phrase at a recent dinner. My daughter turned to me with a frown line between her brows and a squished up nose. “Mom,” she said, “that just doesn’t sound right.”

Even though we haven’t started any formal grammar study, she knew something was off with the phrase more better. Kids with vast exposure to language will know when something just doesn’t sound the way it should. We’re building amateur proofreaders simply by reading aloud! Kids internalize what they are exposed to and build an inner grammar compass against which to evaluate what they hear, what they say, and eventually what they compose when they begin writing.

5. Inspiring Curiosity and Desire to Use Language Correctly

“Mom, what does it mean to comb the beach?”

I had to laugh. Reading the story it hadn’t even occurred to me that comb would be a novel word for them. Now, we are combing everything:

  • the backyard for flowers
  • their bedrooms for lost items
  • the refrigerator for a snack

My kids ask what a word means at least once a day. I love it! It’s almost always a word they hear in a Read-Aloud and want to understand and use it correctly. Read-Alouds inspire them to think about language in a way that they likely wouldn't otherwise.

Our family connects with each other over stories. Since our kids are used to us reading aloud, exploring language is relaxed and fun. Our kids are comfortable asking for the meaning of words and using them in their oral communication. Sonlight’s great selection of literature is a blessing for the language development in our homeschool.

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6 Steps to Being Intentional with Your Time as a Homeschooler

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7 Steps to Being Intentional with Your Time as a Homeschooler

A common frustration of homeschool parents is struggling to get everything done in a day. The juggling act of household tasks, kids’ education, family relationships, and employment can feel overwhelming. There’s no question that your season of homeschooling is a time of demanding responsibilities. Here are six steps to make sure school work gets done in the midst of a busy life.

1. Examine the Details of Your Responsibilities

It’s crucial to take a hard look at the nitty-gritty of your life in this particular season so you can have realistic expectations. Consider and write down these:

  • commitments outside your home
  • the ages and stages of your kids
  • your family’s personal values

Sometimes the simple act of seeing the details in black and white will help you recognize things that are keeping you from what matters most to you right now. Saying yes to one thing—homeschooling in this case—always means saying no to something else. Be willing to cut things out and lower your expectations.

2. Make a Plan for Your Day

Having a plan in place, one based on the realities you just considered, is key to maintaining your sanity. Maybe you’ll have a flexible routine that serves as a guide to your day, while allowing you to have wiggle room for the spontaneity you love. Perhaps you’ll do best with a structured schedule where each block of time has an assigned purpose, providing clear expectations that you appreciate having. Neither approach is better than the other. What’s important is simply that you have a plan that works for your family.

3. Set a Timer and Focus

Now that you’ve considered all the details of your daily life and come up with a realistic plan, it’s time to tackle your day. You want to be intentional about your time. Using timers or alarms can be helpful.

In order to stay focused on whatever you’re dealing with at a particular point in your day, set a timer for however long you want that activity to have your attention. Barring a crisis of some sort, don’t do anything else during that time—nothing at all.

If you tend to be super-focused, a timer will give you a stopping point, reminding you of other responsibilities and keeping you from being consumed by just one. If, on the other hand, you’re easily distracted, knowing you have a set amount of time helps you buckle down and zero in on a particular task.

4. Keep a List of Stray Thoughts and Interruptions

Having a realistic plan for your day and a timer to keep you focused will obviously not prevent inopportune reminders of other things you need to get done. Since stopping one thing to address another is an inefficient use of your time and hoping you remember the thing later is not very responsible, keep a piece of paper handy. When an interruption happens, write yourself a one- or two-word reminder so you can handle it at an appropriate time. Then get immediately back to the task at hand. If possible, keep doing whatever you’re working on and ask another family member to go write the reminder down for you.

5. Establish Boundaries for Your Day

As you choose to focus on one task at a time, you’ll find that the people in your life will either adjust accordingly or appear to sabotage your efforts. If it’s more of the latter, use it as an opportunity to train them in a life skill that will serve them well. Communicate the routine or schedule clearly with the people in your home, tell them concisely and respectfully that you can’t talk to them about ABC right now when they interrupt you doing XYZ, and lead by example as you manage your day in a way that ensures your essential responsibilities are taken care of. When it comes to people outside of your home and your own personal time management, choose not to scroll through social media sites, engage in text or phone conversations, or make commitments with others during times that are dedicated to other responsibilities.

6. Above All, Give Yourself Grace

Of course, no matter how responsible you are in setting yourself up for success, there will be days when nothing goes as planned. That’s life. It doesn't mean you failed at being intentional with your time. Roll with it, then get back on track the next day, adjusting the track if need be.

To find out more about Sonlight's structured homeschool programs that tell you exactly what to teach each day, order a complimentary copy of your catalog today.

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7 Ways to Salvage a Homeschool Day That's Headed South... Fast

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7 Ways to Salvage a Homeschool Day That's Headed South... Fast

You’ve had that day; we all have. Your kids aren’t feeling the homeschool thing today, and to be honest, you aren’t, either. The to-do list looks long, attitudes are poor, and you’re pretty sure that if you look over at your ten year-old again and he’s still drawing Minecraft castles in his spelling book, you’re going to lose your mind.

What’s a homeschool mom to do? Before you declare a Mental Health Day (which really may be completely warranted), try one of these tried and true tricks to salvage the day and get back on

1. Take a Prayer Break

First things first: turn to the source of your strength and joy when you’re in critical need of strength and joy! While stepping away and praying privately might lift your mood and set your day back on track, being vulnerable and inviting your children into your time with the Lord will model the practice for them. Let them add their own needs to the prayer list, too.

More than once, I’ve called for prayer to help fight off the threat of a funk and had a child ask Jesus to help them deal with a frustration I didn’t even know was a problem.

2. Reach for Your Read-Aloud

Yes, it’s math time, but instead of beating your head against the wall of long division, maybe some couch time with Henry Huggins would be more productive. Diffusing the time bomb of a day headed for a slump is often as easy injecting a little levity. Not only will your children benefit from the step back, you will, too. Bonus: you’ll still be checking a box in your Instructor’s Guide, and maybe even getting ahead!

3. Give Your Day a Soundtrack

I have a specific Spotify playlist for when the storm clouds of a really foul day seem to be brewing. A mix of soothing hymns, peppy worship music, and rhythmic classics set the tone for smiles, better attitudes, and positive momentum. Choose a volume just loud enough to be heard or crank it up if need to be. Music really does soothe the savage beast— whether the beast is you or your 8 year-old.

4. Take a Virtual Field Trip

When you just can’t snag a child’s attention, or your audience is somehow less than appreciative, sometimes the key can be spicing things up with a virtual field trip.

A little rabbit trail might be all it takes to draw your family back into the swing of a productive, educational day.

5. Serve a Snack

My younger crew like this, but the truth is, it’s my teenagers who appreciate it the most. When pre-calculus feels too heavy or you’re not sure you’re ever going to remember that chemistry formula, a plate of cookies is exactly the kind of magic that helps you smile  rather than snarl. Little learners definitely get a kick out of snacks, too. Edible math manipulatives are a personal favorite of my elementary set. Try it for yourself and see.

6. Invite Stuffed Friends to the Table

When faced with a grouchy kid who has zero desire to learn about Marie Curie or radium, I’m not above motivation by stuffed animal.

  • Let the furry friend sits on my lap to see the pictures first.
  • Let children read aloud to an animal.
  • Let the stuffed animal be the teacher for a half hour or so.

This silly shift is guaranteed to make younger kids find their happy place in homeschooling again.

7. Change the Scenery

Math always happens at the dining room table? Set up shop in the living room. You have a dedicated homeschool room that suddenly feels like a prison? Move to the back porch. The beauty of Sonlight is its ease of use in just about any setting you can imagine. Put that flexibility to work for you.

What if you’ve already exhausted every pick-me-up available? Perhaps a Mental Health Day really is in order. Step back and extend grace to your kids, and yourself. His mercies really are new every morning. Maybe that’s the real lesson to be learned from your bad day!

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Homeschool 911–Who to Call When We Need Help

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Homeschool 911–Who to Call When We Need Homeschool Help

As with every other area of life, there will be times when we hit a wall in our homeschooling and find ourselves in need of a little resuscitation. I've been there many times:

  • Overwhelmed with juggling responsibilities in multiple areas of life
  • Frustrated with a child’s poor attitude, behavior, or work ethic
  • Unhappy with curriculum choices but unsure of what to use instead
  • Physical, mental, or emotional exhaustion
  • Not seeing any fruit from my efforts
  • Struggling with and advocating for a child with learning challenges

When those times come, and rest assured that they will, we need to reach out for help.

Sure, that can feel a little vulnerable, but we all need someone to hold our hand from time to time. So, who do we call on?

Homeschool Help from People Nearby

The people whose paths naturally cross ours or live in the same general area can give us personalized attention when we need help. Whether it’s a hug at church when we’re feeling discouraged, a conversation on social media with recommendations for local resources, or an invitation to come over and check out some curriculum we’ve been considering, the support of people who live close to us can be a huge boost to our homeschooling experience.

Homeschool Help from People Far Away

There are times when the best source of help is people we don’t see on a regular basis, if we even see them at all. The stranger in a homeschool group on Facebook who gives unbiased feedback on an issue may be exactly what we need. Or a family member who gently encourages us to figure things out for ourselves because they’re too far away to rescue us can get us back on track. The people whose daily lives aren’t tangled up in our own often have the ability to see our situation more objectively than we can. Their input is invaluable.

Homeschool Help from The Experts

Maybe what we need to hear is expert advice from someone with more knowledge than we have. Whether we check out a great book from the library, tune in to an encouraging podcast, call an Advisor, or attend a homeschool convention, outside advice from someone with experience and expertise can help use solve big homeschool problems.

Homeschool Help from Amateurs

People who are in the homeschool trenches with us will often be our greatest source of encouragement and admonition. They may not have all the answers, but they have real life, recent experience. The sense of camaraderie that comes from someone else walking the same path at the same time is often all it takes to help us push through whatever we’re facing. Your homeschool peers help you see that you are not alone.

Homeschool Help from People Similar to Us

We all need to have people in our life we can relate to, who understand the circumstances we find ourselves in, share the same values, or have similar personalities. They’re the ones who encourage us when our confidence is slipping, know just what to say or do to help us when everyone else’s good intentions are falling short, and make us feel a little less crazy. They remind us to keep our eyes on our goal and keep moving forward in our homeschool journey.

Homeschool Help from People Different From Us

Sometimes it beneficial to get the perspective of people we don’t have a lot in common with. It’s easy to get so caught up in our homeschool problems that we forget there are other equally valid ways of looking at things. If we’re teachable, a person who approaches life differently than we do can help us think outside the box and find solutions. Even those who are radically different than us in significant ways usually have some nugget of wisdom or practical tip we can apply to our situation.

Return the Favor

If you’re treading water in the pool of homeschooling, struggling to simply stay afloat, then call on some of the people described above to help you catch your breath. Do whatever it takes to find your rhythm again, and don’t worry about anything else.

If, however, you’re in a relatively comfortable season, having been buoyed by others at some point in the past, be one of the aforementioned people to someone else. Take the kindness you received and pay it forward.

  • Give a word of encouragement.
  • Offer practical help with homeschooling or household tasks.
  • Humbly share advice based on personal experience.
  • Praise what someone is doing well.

We each have seasons of crisis and stability. When our season is smooth, we can offer a hand out to those in need without any pride. When we’re in a rough season, we can call out for help without any shame.

If you are considering a new direction for your children’s education, and could use an empathetic ear, we have experienced homeschooling moms who would love to talk to you. Click here to schedule an appointment.

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