How to Be the Best Homeschool Mom

Do you ever look around and think, "Wow, she's the best homeschooling mom ever!"? Do you silently wish she would go away, because beside her, you feel inept and like a complete mess?

Aren't you tired of feeling that way?

For me, these feelings of discouragement creep into my days from time to time. This is how I choose to disarm such negative thoughts. Perhaps it will be of encouragement to you as well?

We were each created for a purpose. If God has led you to homeschool, He will equip you to do so. You do not have to be the perfect mom, the perfect teacher, and the perfect homemaker all rolled into one to homeschool your children.

And He has said to me,
"My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is perfected in weakness"

Stop - Stop comparing yourself, your children, your homeschool, your abilities to someone else's.
Stop striving to be someone else. Stop trying to fit someone else's life onto yours. You have your own path to walk. So, stop right now and make sure you are on it.

Remember - God placed your children with you.
He thought it was good to put you and your children together.
You are the right mom for them.

Be - Be the mom you were created to be.
Know who you are and what your strengths and weaknesses are. We are each complex individuals, uniquely made for our specific purposes, equipped to walk our path laid before us by God.

Keep - Know why you homeschool and how you want to homeschool. Make a plan.
It needs to be a fluid plan, one you can and are willing to change if necessary, because life situations change. However, always keep a plan.

Do - Do what you do well and share it with your children.
IF you want to take a class to learn something or improve something, then feel free, but do it because you want to or God is stretching you in that area. Do not do something just because you think you should to be the perfect homeschooling mom.

Allocate - Give someone else the responsibility of teaching what you cannot.
For instance, I cannot sing. Not one note on key. If I have, it was purely accidental. I am not going to pretend like I can sing well. Nor, am I going to be able to teach my children to sing on key. Therefore, we allocate this responsibility.

Let Go - Let go of the image of homeschooling perfection.
It is not real, and it will disappoint you every time. Strive for excellence in what you do, but don't beat yourself up when you falter. We all do. Every single one of us will fail at something, even that "best homeschooling mom" you were comparing yourself to.

1 comment:

  1. Great points to share with homeschool moms. Thanks!

    Kerry Beck


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