homeschool on the hard day challenge

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Tanya
Tanya
30 days ago

My biggest trigger is when I feel overwhelmed with everything that is going on in the day.

Jessica
Jessica
30 days ago

My biggest trigger is probably when we have other things planned outside of the house that we have to do…we do those things and then come back to do school and no one is happy.. To combat that, I have been trying to keep our scheduled school days free from other engagements but occasionally it still is an issue.

Kylie Anderson
30 days ago

Days I cancel school are usually because I am too ill to concentrate on anything at all. Unfortunately that can be weeks or months at a time.

Angie
Angie
30 days ago

I haven’t started homeschool yet but there are definitely some days where my preschooler gets way too much tv, so I guess that’s my “canceled days” right now. Those days the triggers for me are not having a meal plan (I eat vegan so struggle to find meals my family who doesn’t will like) and not having a consistent cleaning schedule (dishes piled up, etc). Also, I haven’t set up a chore chart to get the kids helping me more, so it is as if my daughter has free time while I work on the house.

Lacacia
Lacacia
30 days ago

We played hooky so much last year. My lack of organization, not setting goals and no solid structure for our homeschool (with no end date or end time, just working for as long as we can until we are near catching up) usually is discouraging enough to give us all lack of motivation to keep up with any plan for doing school. We usually just want to get outside, go shopping and to a park and call school off. Inevitably it becomes way more work for me because I need to keep records of our schoolwork and then I’m so stressed that I don’t want to do the work of motivating the kids, dealing with attitude or disinterest, and we only did the BARE minimum so the kids think school is so boring. But I genuinely want them to love learning and have fun, I think consistency is the only way we’re going to see less resistance.

TYNA
TYNA
1 month ago

My number one trigger is the children having difficult times regulating. If I have to referee several arguements, remind everyone again to do their work, my husband popping in to ask for stuff, having to stop and chase animals that have gotten out, etc…my brain is tired by 10am.

Roxie
Roxie
1 month ago

Difficulties with kids not cooperating and giving their best effort when I know they have the potential.

Cat
Cat
1 month ago

I don’t tend to cancel homeschool much, as I don’t set tons of work and can usually push through. Normally not doing it is a choice because there is other stuff going on that is more important (and hey, it’s all learning anyway, right?).

The hard days are when my son refuses or will want to do it later later, but he isn’t allowed screen time until it’s all done and he usually has screen time while I make the evening meal, so he suddenly wants help with his homeschool stuff just when I’m trying to prep food and get the house tidy for my husband coming home and entertain a fractious 3 year old and AHHH! But this is part of how I’m choosing to teach him time management skills, and he is gradually getting better at getting it done sooner.

I just hate that it feels like a battle sometimes when I want it to be a joy!

Tara Rodriguez
1 month ago

Uncooperative learners. When my kids are at each other’s throats and it fosters bad attitudes, I’ll get sick of the battle and call it. It’s exhausting trying to overcompensate and right the ship.

Joy
Joy
1 month ago

Feeling overwhelmed with responsibilities, and not having the resources for what I would like to do ready.

Tiffany
Tiffany
1 month ago

Not having a concrete plan for academics or trying to do too much, unexpected life events and/or things feeling really hard/overwhelming which stems from flying by the seat of my pants and unrealistic expectations.

Kelsey
Kelsey
1 month ago

When my school aged child starts the day off not listening and arguing or whining. I definitely give up on those days because I don’t want to deal with the fights that will come with the school work portion of schooling.

Kayla
1 month ago

Usually it’s because one or both of my children will not cooperate at all. Or I have work something that starts early and school gets pushed back.

Jennifer
Jennifer
1 month ago

Exhaustion. When I am exhausted I absolutely want to cancel school. Or if any of my children are unmotivated or giving attitude when I’m not mentally prepared to meet their emotions with calm and positivity. School is not necessarily canceled, but the work does not always get finished.

Monica Johnson
1 month ago

I have a few triggers, but my most difficult one is when my 7yr old son who has EBD is in a super bad mood and fights me on everything. I don’t necessarily cancel school, but I don’t make him do school. I do school with the rest of them who will cooperate. Another one would have to be when our schedule/routine gets messed up and we are so off track or don’t have much time left. I do also struggle with not being ready or having things prepped. While I’m figuring it all out, the kids just play and then I feel like I’ve lost them. I am definitely changing my mindset this year to instill the importance of it all. I think the “flexibility” of homeschooling made me think that it was ok to just do a “house work” type of learning day, but looking back at it, I only got help from my oldest, so she was the only one learning anything those days. 🤦‍♀️🤣. This is our year to prioritize school.

Denise Martinez
Denise Martinez
1 month ago

I have a 5 month year old that sometimes wakes up in a mood and she’ll cry until she can’t no more. That gives me anxiety and has made me cancel homeschooling that day. I gave them workbook work and had them complete all subjects. Another thing that triggers me is probably when my boys aren’t really listening.

Jess
1 month ago

Just about everyday when I say it’s time, my 5yo starts to whine and drag her feet. Almost refusing…. At that point i start feeling like what’s the point? She wont retain anything at this point…. I dont quit, but she makes public school look real tempting…..

Melanie
Melanie
1 month ago

For me I get triggered when something in the household, like a maintenance issue or a bill issue that needs immediate attention during or prior to my homeschool day. I take care of everything in my household, so if something unexpected needs my attention in the morning or mid afternoon then the day gets so off track.

Katie
Katie
30 days ago
Reply to  Melanie

Yes!!!! I totally relate to this!

Rita
Rita
1 month ago

I think my biggest trigger is when we start later than I intend and the day is slipping away. I get stressed because I still have so much to do – for school and other household obligations, but I can’t dictate the speed that the kids work at. They’re still kids learning new things who need lunch and wiggle time and snuggles, but I’m feeling pressure and translating that onto them. Everyone starts to fall apart when Mom is off her game and trying to race the clock.

Katie
Katie
1 month ago

We do school consistently. My struggle is to consistently do the extras (the fun, the arts and music, cooking projects, etc). I also can get overwhelmed with housework and just want to do the basics. And another struggle is trying to serve our neighbors and balance schoolwork!

Jess
1 month ago
Reply to  Katie

Same, we need to do the fan stuff more!

Charmaine
1 month ago

I have a few but my biggest trigger is not having things prepped. If I don’t have the printouts ready and the bookmarks online, I give up. Because while I’m trying to print out said document or find online the hymn we’re singing the kids get bored, get into arguments, or wander off and play and then don’t feel like doing school. I’m trying to get everything ready this year. I’m praying we will be successful this time around!

Amy
Amy
1 month ago

With how young my child is I get triggered a lot about his attitude towards things because he is just like me and we tend to butt heads sometimes and our attitudes and the way that he treats me and others tends to get him a time out and then from there it is hard to get him to go and do things that I ask of him like sheet Work

Ruby
Ruby
1 month ago

When I feel overwhelmed because I didn’t get things done beforehand, I lose focus on my homeschool. Lack of organization leads to my putting off school until things are less chaotic.

Betsy
Betsy
1 month ago

There are two triggers for me:
1. I don’t feel good – I can struggle at times with health issues and on days I don’t feel good, I just don’t feel like I can handle school.

2. I feel overwhelmed by household things that need done and don’t feel like I can take time for school that day. (This one feels so lame because I know it is a priority for school to happen and honesty doesn’t take that long to get it done)