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There is nothing worse than feeling like you are failing as a homeschool mama. The weight of your kids’ education is literally in your hands and sometimes homeschool just feels so overwhelming that you’re ready to give up.
But let me tell you, mama. You are not alone.
Every homeschool mama I’ve ever spoken to has said the exact same thing. It’s a lot of pressure, and it can be overwhelming at times, but you were called to this homeschool mama life or you wouldn’t be here. And because you are called, you have what it takes to do it.
However, there are some things that keep us in that season of overwhelm and feeling like a failure. Regardless of how many times we tell ourselves that we can do this, these few things I’ve listed below keep us from fully experiencing the freedom and beauty of homeschooling our kids!
So, I want you to read through this list and make a commitment to let some of these things go. Because, at the end of the day, we have an opportunity most mamas only dream about – and we should embrace it.
Here are the seven things you should let go of – TODAY:
1. A strict schedule.
Homeschooling is more than sitting down for a certain number of hours per day and checking off the grade book. Live a little. Fall in love with the flexibility that comes with homeschooling!
Teach your kiddos to do “their part” in keeping your home organized. Make it part of your homeschool to-do! But also, embrace the chaos. You don’t need a perfectly clean home to be a good homeschool mama.
3. Extra projects.
Some projects are fun – like, we will still incorporate fun book reviews, big art projects, and research papers. But make it meaningful. Don’t just do a project to be doing one. Make it worthwhile, something that really interests your kids! And do NOT think they’re missing out if you skip out on projects altogether. They’ll learn all they need to regardless, I promise.
4. School at home.
Homeschooling is not and will never be school at home. You do not need a desk, a designated lunchtime, or lots of paperwork. You just need kiddos who are ready and eager to learn!
Some work really well with routines and others do not. If you’re one of the latter, don’t stress about not having a routine. Maybe you’re more of a rhythm kinda mama (read more about that here) – or maybe your kiddos work better in the late afternoon or evening. Don’t try to do something the same way it seems everyone else does. It’s gotta work for YOUR family!
6. All the subjects.
Make homeschooling YOURS. Don’t feel like you need to do every subject every day. Pick core subjects and rotate the rest. You can spend more time on each subject and make sure your kids are really getting it, rather than rushing through to get it done in time.
7. Your Planner.
Our planner is always done in pencil because I am always moving things over. It’s too stressful to try to plan ahead and then never hitting the mark and feeling frustrated with your homeschool. Instead, try to back-plan or use your planner as a guideline instead!
If you take a step back and look at your homeschool from a higher level, you’ll probably see that your kids are thriving. You can totally do this. Just learn to make it your own.