A Little Encouragement for What Sometimes Seems Like an Uphill Task   Leave a comment

 

Another May has come around – meaning the end of another homeschooling year with a long summer to which we look forward.  I know many homeschoolers may feel a bit of burn out and might even ask themselves, “Do I want to do this again next year?”  Maybe there’s even a bit of doubt that your kids are ‘keeping’ up, that you’re not doing enough – or that even it is an uphill task and you’re close to getting crushed under the weight of it all.

I would like to offer a bit of encouragement.  One thing that has kept me from serious burn out over the last 15 years is that I don’t worry about “finishing.”  I think about the end result of a child’s education and have found that leaving pages unfinished in workbooks or not getting to everything I thought we “should” has had no affect on the end result.  They have still learned, they are still curious and ready to move forward. 

When you look at what your family has accomplished on a daily basis, it may seem like you’re going nowhere and getting there fast.  Doctor and dentist appointments interrupt your day, sick kids, grumpy kids, grumpy moms, new babies, dad’s unexpected days off – all of these things throw a wrench in your daily homeschool plans. 

But when you look back over a year’s time, you will see that you really have accomplished more than you realize.  Even those things that you think are keeping you from getting ‘school’ done are a learning experience in themselves.  It’s called, life – and experiencing life together as a family is the best curriculum around.

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