Toni’s Biggest Homeschooling Mistake: Doubt

Written by contributor Toni Anderson of The Happy Housewife

I had been homeschooling for less than a year when I found out I was pregnant with our fourth child. I was overwhelmed at the thought of homeschooling my third and first grader while managing a baby and a toddler.

I didn’t think it was possible to homeschool and have a baby.

These doubts grew until I finally decided (before the baby was born) to enroll my kids in school.
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The Imperfect Homeschooler: What I Don’t Do

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Last week at Simple Mom Tsh opened up to let us know what she doesn’t do. A few days later, Nicole at Simple Organic joined in. This got me thinking: Imperfection? Homeschoolers? These words go together like peas and carrots in my mind.

We begin on the homeschooling path with certain ideas, notions, and thoughts. Perhaps they are based on stereotypes we’ve had, maybe on grand concepts from books we read, or maybe they’re ideas from specific curricula we’ve chosen.

Our family once used a literature-based homeschooling program. (We still use many of their book selections, just not in such a formal capacity.) Each year they print a catalog showcasing their current resources and book selections. Each page features photos of children happily reading with their families.

My good friend Jill and I joke about the pictures they don’t show–like when her son yelled “I’m not coming to breakfast if you’re reading books!” Or when my daughter once said “Reading is boring.” (She doesn’t really feel that way; it was a bad day.)

If you’ve been homeschooling longer than an hour, you probably have had at least one imperfect moment. We know our limitations. Though we sometimes try to overextend ourselves, we realize deep down that we cannot do it all. We have to choose.

I’m happily in pursuit of the simple life, and as a result, it has led me to things I do…and plenty I don’t.
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Q&A Friday: Your Biggest Homeschooling Mistake

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Okay, friends, we’ve bared our souls, now it’s your turn.

Over the past month we’ve heard our contributors share about inner demons like pride, insecurity, and fear. We’ve also heard more practical thoughts about asking for help, traveling more, and teaching styles. Now I want to hear from you!

Why share mistakes? Why rehash the past? Why think about regrets?
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The Reluctant Homeschooler

The following is a guest post written by Christine Mills of Hartlyn Kids.

My husband is always the one with a grand idea–from passionate thoughts about becoming the millionaire next door to HGTV worth decorating tips.

But this one regarded a child we hadn’t even had yet.

“I think homeschooling might be the way we should go.” He proudly shared one day.

‘Homeschooling?’ I remember thinking to myself.

I envisioned a socially inept group of children with mothers hovering nearby, wearing mom jeans, overalls, and shapeless dresses. I immediately put up my defense. I rattled on about the “social skills” issue and smothering our kids by forcing them to be home all day.
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