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.
The problem with this was that I hadn’t actually tried to homeschool my two children with a baby and a toddler.
I just assumed it would be impossible.
After six weeks in school I brought them home and have been homeschooling ever since.
I share this not to make those who have chosen public school feel guilty. Every family needs to make their own choices.
I share this because I doubted my ability before I even tried. Throughout my homeschooling journey I’ve met people who make educational decisions based on assumptions like these…
- I could never homeschool through high school.
- I could never homeschool my child with learning disabilities.
- I could never homeschool with a new baby.
- I could never homeschool more than two kids.
They believe these things even though they haven’t even tried.
Don’t just assume you can’t do something. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed I’d be looking at colleges with one child while teaching another to read, but I am.
I didn’t think I could teach two children with dyslexia to read, but I did.
I didn’t think I could teach calculus, and I couldn’t. But others can and I got help when I needed it.
When in doubt ask for help, and before you make a decision based on doubts consider how far you have come in your homeschooling journey.
While my homeschool journey has not been without bumps and roadblocks, I’ve never again doubted my ability to do something before I’ve tried it.
Have you ever doubted your ability to homeschool your kids?