A note from Jamie: We wrote this series last summer, but I thought that revisiting it at the start of a new school year might be an encouragement. So check out some of the posts below and remind yourself that even if you’re facing something tough, you can still make homeschooling work for you and yours. Be blessed!
Ya’ll, homeschooling ain’t always easy. And it isn’t always happier ever after.
Sometimes it’s downright tough. You know, don’t you?
This world has troubles and homeschooling families aren’t immune to them. Tough marriage seasons, rebellious children, cancer, miscarriages, depression, financial struggles, midlife crises.
You get the picture.
You don’t always read about these topics on blogs, because well, they’re personal. They often involve our dearly loved children, too, whose privacy we respect and want to protect.
The danger of not writing about these situations, however, is that it creates an illusion that our lives are all peaches and cream.
Roses and buttercups. Always well-behaved children and energetic moms and dads joyfully learning together 24/7.
Sharing our hard truths doesn’t have to be negative. I prefer the word authentic. We open up vulnerably so that others can do the same. We learn that we’re not alone, and that gives us courage to keep going.
It reminds me of what Brene Brown writes in her most recent book, Daring Greatly:
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
With all that in mind, welcome to a brand new blog series: The Hardest Part of My Homeschool Year.
Because here at Simple Homeschool, my inspiring contributors and I don’t just write about homeschooling — we also live it.
The good and bad, easy and challenging.
This summer, we want to pull back the curtain a bit on our struggles.
Don’t worry–our aim is not to depress but to encourage. We’ll also share how we’re coping with our hard places, changes we’ve made, and what things look like on the other side.
So please join us over the next month as we reveal some not-so-pretty, not-so-Pinteresty, but very REAL parts of our homeschooling lives.
This post will serve as a landing page for the series – feel free to bookmark it to refer back to as we go along. I will update it with links to each post as they publish.
The Hardest Part of My Homeschool Year series:
* The hardest part of Kara’s homeschool year:
Working from home & homeschooling
* The hardest part of Jamie’s homeschool year:
Homeschooling an angry child
* The hardest part of Sarah’s homeschool year:
Being outnumbered by babies and toddlers
* The hardest part of Amida’s homeschool year:
Trying to do it all
* The hardest part of Kris’s homeschool year:
* The hardest part of Shawna’s homeschool year:
Homeschooling with depression
* The hardest part of Kari’s homeschool year:
Homeschooling a child with Asperger’s
* The hardest part of Rachel’s homeschool year:
Homeschooling and homesteading
* The hardest part of Anne’s homeschool year:
Choosing the right path
* The hardest part of Melissa’s homeschool year:
Homeschooling through disruption
“Usually with life, you start wherever you are, and you flail around for a while.” ~ Anne Lamott
What’s been the toughest part of your last homeschool year?