We’ve just begun week 5 of year 3 in homeschooling journey. We started homeschooling after much push back by ME. My husband was the one who wanted me to homeschool. I wanted my kids to go to public or private school so badly. Once I agreed to *try* homeschooling for a year when my first was Pre-K age, I began writing down my thoughts here and there. Now, three years in, I am so grateful that I have a place to look back where I’ve been and where I’ve come…and I’m excited to see where I’m going.
You may not have a blog, but you can still easily start a journal TODAY. Whether they are in kindergarten or high school, here are 5 reasons you NEED to start a homeschool journal:
Nothing has brought me more peace than to look back on my blog to a hard day and how I wrote out the details. How my son didn’t want to read and kept writing his 3 backwards. Just a few years later those worries are a thing of the past. There are new worries, of course, but my own experience taught me, ‘this too shall pass.’.
Even if you aren’t a natural writer–perhaps just listing out your trials and triumphs each homeschooling day can really help relieve your stress. I’ve found it also helps me to feel less lonely. If you’re overwhelmed, sit down and write it out and see how it makes you feel.
3. Encouragement for a Friend
I cannot tell you how many times homeschooling friends have mentioned a certain concern or issue they are having. At the time, I couldn’t relate–but then when I got home and started reading through my blog–there it was a few months or a year earlier. It helped me to relate to other moms having a bad day when I was having a good one. If you have struggling friend, it would be a huge blessing to pass along your journal to let her read it and feel less alone.
That old saying, ‘the days are long, but the years are short’ brings new meaning for the homeschool mom. With no break in sight and laundry and dishes burying us, we feel like it will NEVER end. However, last I heard, those babies do grow up and leave. How wonderful a read it would be when we’re 65 in an empty house? Or for your grown children to read when they are new parents. Or for your grandchildren to read? A beautiful gift!
5. You Husband
When we want to word vomit on him when he walks in the door about the struggles or triumphs of our day, WRITE IT DOWN. Then, when he’s less stressed and you’re not in the heat of the moment, pass your writings along to him. It helps them gain a whole new perspective of what we struggle with 9-5 daily. My husband reads my blogs and I can tell he has a deeper understanding of our homeschooling journey as a family.
So, get to writing ladies!