Written by Alecia Baptiste.
There is nothing like illness to put a huge monkey wrench in your homeschooling plans. Or any kind of plans!
Many years ago, when my children were much younger, I spent two years battling severe fatigue and just feeling bad all of the time, and being scared because no one in conventional medicine could give me a clear diagnosis of what it was.
I was eventually diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, and I later learned that I had a chronic dental infection. After that tooth was extracted, my world changed!
But during the two years of my illness, I continued to homeschool. There were literally days when it was a battle just to get myself out of bed, much less care for, AND teach my children.
Though it may have seemed foolish to others to continue homeschooling, I was actually very blessed to have had my children at home. My oldest son was able to help with the younger kids. I didn’t have to juggle two little ones at home along with school schedules.
We were able to have a very relaxed pace.
Since that time, I’ve encountered many homeschool moms who have some type of health challenge. Often along with illness, comes the guilt that they aren’t the “good” mom that they could be— if they were well.
They compare themselves not only to other moms, but they compare themselves to their “healthier self.”