Three MORE Truths Every New Homeschool Mom Should Know

Last week, I told you about three Homeschool Truths I’ve learned in my six years of homeschooling. Now I want to share three more Homeschool Truths that, had I really known them at the time, would have helped me tremendously when I first started homeschooling:

Three more truths for homeschool moms. The encouragement in this article is amazing!

1) It’s important to offer grace liberally.

You’re going to be making a lot of changes. So will your kids and your husband. While this isn’t an excuse to allow tempers flare or to let the house become a continual state of chaos, it is a reason to extend grace as all of you learn to adjust to the new norm.

Don’t just stop at offering grace to those within your home, though. Chances are that friends and relatives are going to have a ton of questions and concerns about your decision to homeschool.

Answer their questions lovingly and with kindness, but if others won’t relent, simply state, “I understand that you want what’s best for my children. My husband and I want that as well.” Then change the subject and ask how they’re doing. If they still won’t ease up, politely end the conversation and walk away.

2) The first year of homeschooling will be one of your absolute hardest years.

I heard this advice before I started homeschooling. So I decided to start homeschooling when my oldest daughter was four because I assumed that preschool surely couldn’t be very difficult!

I’ve since learned the first year isn’t difficult because of the schoolwork itself. Not at all. For me, that first year was difficult because selfish behaviors I didn’t even realize I had were ripped right out from under me. I was left flailing around, desperately trying not to fall flat on my back.

I also had to work through deep fears that I was going to screw up my children, regardless of that fact that, statistically, homeschool kids consistently outperform their public-school peers academically, socially, and spiritually.

And I needed to learn how to schedule my time and manage my home while still teaching school (I failed miserably in this area; my house was a complete disaster for quite a while).

Encouragement for new homeschool moms - you will get the hang of this!

The good news is that it does get easier and you will find a groove as you become more confident, so don’t give up!

3) It’s important to find support!

If my father-in-law hadn’t given me a little pamphlet he’d seen about a local homeschool support group, I don’t know how I would have survived that first year.

I called the number listed and cried hard as I blubbered to the poor soul on the other end about how stressed out and overwhelmed I was.

I vaguely remember hearing something like, “Oh, she’s in preschool? It’ll be okay, I promise. You can do this. Why don’t you join us for an event next week?”

Bless that woman’s heart, she was so nice and gentle and didn’t tell me I was insane for sobbing over preschool work! I nervously drove to the activity and was immediately put at ease by the wonderful people of all ages who welcomed us into their hearts.

A few of my closest friends are also women I met at various homeschool events. We’ve bonded over stories of homeschool struggles and successes. That support from someone who understands has been invaluable and, as a wonderful bonus, our children have become best friends as well!

And now, beginning our sixth year of homeschooling? I love the fruit and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

“For whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJV)

What would you add to this list of encouraging truths that every homeschool mom should know?

{PS Don’t forget to read three other Truths for new homeschool moms here.}

Davonne (7 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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Homeschool Moms: Why You Need the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle

 

As busy homeschool moms, we all have a lot of roles to juggle. There are basic needs to be met, like cooking and cleaning, while also educating our children and finding time to grow our faith, our marriages, and ourselves.  Could you use a little encouragement and inspiration for all of those important things in your life?  The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle was designed with you in mind!

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For the most part, these are all books written by moms just like you.  These authors are “in the trenches” too and understand your needs right now.  Many of these books are like sitting down with a good friend and sharing ideas to make life easier, more fulfilling, and better overall.  It’s a chance to do something for YOU, just in time for Mother’s Day.  These are just a sampling of what’s included . . .

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Sara (27 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Homeschooling Simplified

Homeschooling Simplified

A few months ago, I was feeling completely overwhelmed.  Sammy had just been in the hospital for 4 days, the house was exploding, and I felt like my homeschool schedule was running away from me!  I decided to cut out all of the extras from our homeschool schedule and just focus on the basics.  This was a tough decision because Sammy LOVES all of the extra fun.

However, I decided to do this and get through the holidays and use my “extra” time to focus on all of the other things I needed to finish!  We simplified to math, reading, science, spelling, and handwriting.  Sammy loved that he could be finished with his school day so early.

Sammy used our time to learn new skills like vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, and entertaining himself.  All of which are great life skills that I suspect his wife will thank me for someday *winks*.

Vacuuming

What I found was that Sammy was learning just as much, if not more, with the simplified schedule.  He was bringing me non-fiction books to read to him.  He was reading as much of a book as he was capable of, just for fun!  He was pulling out his snap circuits and building with those and listening intently to my husband’s instruction!  Sammy was embracing homeschooling and thriving even though I had “simplified” to only a few core subjects.

After making it through the holidays and getting school started back up for the year, I have added a few things back to our schedule.  But, I am embracing the homeschooling simplified schedule and allowing Sammy to show an interest in an area so we can dig a little deeper.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and needing a break?  I would encourage you to take a break and focus just on the core subjects and see where your child’s interests are!

Lindsay BytesOfMemory (7 Posts)

Christian, wife, mom, knitter, reader, and wearer of many hats (literal and figurative). I am also a computer geek, homeschool mom, sock sorter, and a blogger. I like coffee, tea, chocolate, Mexican food (not together), and lists!


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