The gifts are exchanged.
The cookies are eaten.
The decorations are put away (mostly).
Dads (and moms) are back at work.
Life is slowly returning to normal.
And internally I’m groaning, “Does Christmas really have to be over?”
I was enjoying days of shopping and baking cookies, staying up late and sleeping in. I’m not ready to get back into real life. But mostly I’m not ready to get back to school.
Can you relate?
It can be difficult to face reality and get back into the swing of things after the Christmas break. So what’s a mom to do?
Remember the Reason We Homeschool
We each have a story and a reason for choosing to homeschool. When we are struggling with commitment, we have to remember those moments. Those moments can be our motivation to keep going when we feel like quitting.
For our family, it was a calling. We truly felt the Lord asking us to bring our son home and school him at home. I can’t deny that. Now, when it’s hard, is when I have to put that belief in action.
We moms have a tendency to do it all and start everything all at once. But sometimes we need the extra rest. I was forced to learn that lesson this week.
Our weekly Tuesday classes were cancelled. Despite my initial misgivings, it was a blessing in disguise. We were able to sleep a little later and still get some school work done. Then we went to the library for some much needed audio books. Overall it was a great day that we would have missed sticking to my schedule.
Choose a couple of subjects to start your first week back to school. Then pick up the rest the following week. Or maybe your first week is a great week for review. Remember you’re the mom. You can do what works best for your family.
Spend time with God
Unfortunately I have learned the hard way that I can’t do this homeschooling deal all by myself. I need God’s help…sometimes every second of the day. When I daily spend time in His word, I am a much more effective mom and teacher.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 1 Timothy 1:7
Being a homeschooling mom isn’t easy. The good news is God has given us everything we need to homeschool our children. He has given us the power to do a difficult job, the love to give our children when we don’t feel it and the self-discipline to work even when we’d rather play.
So let’s put aside all of our fears and worries, hesitations and dreads. Instead let’s focus on the good of homeschooling our children. As their moms, we are uniquely qualified to lead their education. No one knows them better than we do.
We see their strengths and weaknesses. We know what motivates them. We feel their fears and experience their worries. We also have the privilege of seeing them soar when they finally understand a difficult concept. And they need us.
Whether they like it or not, our children need us to make them wrestle with math and grammar. They need us to walk through the fine points of writing an essay. They need us to believe in them. They need our support.
So let’s give them that support this year. Let’s refocus and remember why we homeschool. Let’s start small and give it all to God. And let’s remember their beautiful smiles and raucous laughter. To me that makes all the hard work and early mornings worth it.
Blessings to you as you homeschool in 2011. May it be a year filled with God’s goodness.
The picture is my cat, Peaches. I thought it was a perfect representation of how I felt after Christmas.