I will never forget my first homeschooling conference. My sons were only two years old, so I reasoned I had plenty of time to spend researching all our educational options. I considered my attendance at the conference as part of my research.
The weekend was life-changing in many ways. Profound and inspiring. I felt encouraged and excited, fueled by the educational possibilities I envisioned for our family.
But I noticed something else, too. Many of the mothers attending looked…tired. Worn down.
This concerned me. “Is this what homeschooling does to mamas?” I wondered. It was really important in my mind to have a long-term strategy within our homeschooling lifestyle. I knew if I wore myself completely thin the first year there wouldn’t be much left in reserve for future years.
Over time, as I’ve traveled this path myself and have met many homeschooling families, I’ve noticed certain qualities that can lead a mama to lose her spark.
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