Years before I made the decision to homeschool, I read homeschooling blogs.
Ladies like Carisa and Jolanthe delighted me with their creativity, organizational skills and pictures of their homeschool days.
Watching these women from afar, I became jealous.
“If they can do it, why can’t I?”
“Are these women superheros?”
Shortly before I headed to the 2:1 conference last year, Carisa poured her heart out and gave us an intimate look at her struggles.
This made me realize that we’re all human. We all have our stumbling blocks. As my dear friend Kathryn reminds me, “We’re just showing folks the highlight reel.”
The areas I need improvement spill into all areas of my life, but I become painfully aware of my shortcomings when faced with teaching small children. When they exhibit behavior that I don’t like, it’s often a mirror to myself.
Think I’ve got it all together? Heck no. Our homeschool is far from perfect, and here’s why.
1. I’m not a morning person
Years ago, I actually had a full-time job that started at 5:30 AM. I struggled to get there on time, and warned folks not to talk to me until 9.
I’m so much more productive if I get up and get going long before the kids. It’s an ongoing challenge for me.
2. I’m a great planner, not a great finisher
In August, I’m filled with loads of ideas about field trips, lesson plans and more. By Christmas, I’ve given up a few of the projects.
At the end of the school year, I’m just trying to plod through to the end. I contemplate year round school, but I reach a point where I JUST want to be FINISHED.
3. I am terribly impatient
I’m sure that comes as no surprise.
After discovering that I had five children, a patient at work said, “Oh! You must be so patient!”
Heck no. Not even close.
It’s a constant struggle for me not to throw my hands up, run out of the house yelling, “FORGET IT!”
4. I’m not very organized
As we speak, I have homeschooling paraphernalia in the following places:
- The living room
- My bedroom
- My bedroom closet
- The kitchen (if we’re counting the printer as a homeschool tool)
- The boys’ closet
- The girls’ closet
- The basement
Either I have far too much stuff (good possibility), or I need to organize the stuff I have in a reasonable fashion.
5. I’m a wee bit on the lazy side
I’d much rather be reading a book, or writing, than cleaning house or planning a meal. True story. (I’ve just embarrassed my grandmother to death.)
6. I tend to fill my plate too full
I’m a bit of an extrovert, so I can become consumed by all the fascinating things to do in our area. I have to sit on my hands to keep myself from signing the kids up for every single soccer league, science class, or art adventure in town.
My children need white space on the calendar, just like me.
7. I don’t like to be wrong
I don’t take criticism very well, unfortunately. My poor husband has to duck if he tells me I’m taking the wrong approach with the children.
8. I compare myself to other mothers
Blogs and Pinterest can be wonderful resources for me to help me plan my homeschooling days.
I’ve got to be careful. If I linger too long, little seeds of doubt are planted. I start longing for skills I simply don’t have, instead of celebrating my natural talents.
9. I second guess my decision to homeschool
When the going gets tough around here, I lament having my children at home. There are days where I want to pack the children up, drop them off at the local public school, then come home and cuddle with the baby.
Not exactly mature.
10. I’m the same as everyone else
We all have fears.
We all make mistakes.
We all wonder if we’re doing the right thing.
Many of us end up on our knees, begging God for help with raising our children.
I need to remember Mother Teresa’s famous quote:
God doesn’t require us to succeed; he only requires that you try.
None of us are perfect, despite what we may see on our favorite blogs or Pinterest. Come join my friends at the iHomeschool Network as we share our imperfections and keep it real for you.