How to know if you’re doing enough

Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Several months ago I asked Simple Homeschool readers to tell me their main homeschooling concern. I received hundreds of replies, but was stunned to find that over 75% of them were more or less the same:

  • “I just wish I knew I was doing enough.” 
  • “I feel like I’m not doing enough.”
  • “How do I know if I’m doing enough?”

All of us have different families and different children, but the same insecurities. I know, because they sometimes keep me up at night, too.

And so I thought that at the beginning of a new homeschool year, we should take a peek at this word, how it haunts us, and what we can do to break free.

Here are a few things for us to keep in mind:
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Why not back to school?

Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

When I first made the decision to homeschool, I dreaded August and September. Looking through my Facebook feed once brought me to tears. It had been an especially rough day. The children were little and making messes. I hadn’t had a break; I had been constantly interrupted.

And there in my news feed, was the constant drip of friends gloating about the day their children went back to school. One mentioned eating ice cream for breakfast and jumping on beds. Another said she and her husband played video games all morning after dropping the children off.

Le sigh.

I looked around my messy home and, in that moment, I hated my life. I saw my parenting years stretched ahead of me, a dreary corridor of drudgery. No independence, no alone time and someone constantly pulling on my elbow demanding attention.

Eight years later, I realize how wrong I was. Those tiny hands, which once needed attention, are now busy doing their own thing. I have lost nothing and have gained so much by homeschooling:
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3 powerful reasons to slow down in your homeschool

Written by Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

If you asked my husband what the biggest difference is between us, he’d respond with one word: Pace.

I really try not to roll my eyes when we’re faced with a decision and he says, yet again, “Let’s just slow down and take our time. Let’s wait a bit before deciding.”

I want the decision made yesterday.

Oddly enough, he is the triathlete. He races. And he’s super fast! Yet his temperament is very laid back, and he always prefers the slower pace.

I think and move quickly; he prefers to take his time. He even drives slower than me. We are such a good balance for each other!

It’s interesting how this plays out with homeschooling. Every strength can also be a liability, so we’re wise to take a sober evaluation of how our quirks might adversely affect our little scholars.

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5 things to do when you don’t feel like starting school

Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

It’s the time of year when everything is screaming “Back to School!” The stores are bursting with school supplies. All your favorite blogs are featuring back to school tips. The new school year seems to be on everyone’s lips.

But you don’t feel like starting.

I’m not saying that you’re ready to quit homeschooling or that you’re feeling defeated. You’re just not prepared to give up the lazy, unstructured days of summer.

So what do you do when it’s back-to-school season, and you’re not ready to get back to school?

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3 things to do if you think you’re a homeschool failure

Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I‘ve heard the same thing from several different moms in the last week. They think they are failing.

Maybe it’s the time of year. Many families have to endure the stress of standardized testing each spring.

Not being where you’d hoped to be as you wrap up a school year feels disheartening, too.

It could be the fact that most of these moms are homeschooling middle schoolers. Those preteen hormones can wreak havoc on a mom’s sanity.

But whatever the cause, feeling like a failure is miserable. So what do you do when you find yourself in that position?

Here are three ideas: [Read more…]

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