When I decided to home school my child many years ago I had no idea what was in store for me. This is a partial list of what homeschooling will teach YOU the parent. I know I've been taught many things over the years.
LOL, My husband would look at me like I'm crazy because in reality I'm not very good at multi-tasking. You know how you always hear jokes about women doing many things at once. The typical multi-tasker. Well for some reason that trait skipped me.
But when you homeschool you really are wearing a multitude of hats. Mom, housekeeper, record keeper, taxi, counselor, administrator, maid, chef or line cook!
I in no way claim that I am good at multitasking but get ready, because you will be practicing!
I have learned, in whatever state I am, to be content.
There simply is not time to do the things some other moms do. Going out to lunch with friends is a rare occurrence. I don't take classes or go on leisurely shopping trips any time I feel like it. Trips to town are always multi-errand trips. Grocery shopping is sandwiched in between, music lessons and swim class.
To avoid feeling isolated it is important to connect with other homeschool moms. Plan field trips or play dates if you children are young. Phone calls can be a lifeline!
Learn to be content with where you are. When your friend calls to see if you want to go shopping before they have to pick up their kids at school, your kids will be sitting at the kitchen table waiting for you to finish their language arts with them. Right where you want them to be.... right?
As my sons have grown I've learned all kinds of things right along with them. I know more about American History now than I did right out of high school.
As I've encouraged them to expand their horizons, I've expanded my own. For speech class we joined a local toastmasters club. Me too! This is something I would NEVER have done if I hadn't been encouraging confidence and public speaking to my sons.
You will learn so much teaching your kids. Remember you don't have to know it all. If you are involved with your teen's lives yours will expand as theirs expands.
Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
We have been homeschooling for 14 yrs as of the writing of this article. I still have days when I doubt myself. I still worry whether my kids will have all they need for life.
Stop right now and think about how silly that is. Did YOUR highschool experience really teach you all you need for life? I know mine didn't. I learned through experience.
Provide your kids with as many real life educational experiences as you can. Do the best you can with what you have. Then trust. Trust that God loves your kids and wants them to succeed just as much as you do.
Of course He does... now quit being so silly.
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