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As a homeschool mom of more than 10 years to now seven children, I can say that I fully understand the enormity of the task. Being a mom in general is more than a full-time job with challenges that never seem to end and a work day that can span nearly all 24 hours in a day at times.
A homeschooling mom’s job is all the more demanding since we as homeschooling moms have been given another plate to keep spinning all at the same time. Even when we are “homeschooling mom” we are still just plain ol’ mom in addition to perhaps being a wife, a working woman, a caregiver for aging parents, and so much more.
As I write this, it is mid-March, which is when the days of a homeschooling mom seem to get even longer. The bulk of the school year is past, at least in many homeschool settings, but the break of summer seems still so far out of reach. We do prefer to *homeschool year round, but we do cut back in the summer so we look forward to a more relaxed schedule even when we are still schooling in the summer.
March also has its challenges if, like me, you live in the North where the weather is still quite cold, which means that you have been trapped in the house for nearly six months at this point.
If this is you, I hear you.
If you are a homeschooling mom in need of some encouragement today, then you’ve come to the right place.
I will keep it short and sweet because the last thing you need is a lengthy piece with the lifeline you’re looking for buried near the end.
With that in mind, let me breathe some life into your weary homeschooling mom’s heart.
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You’re not supposed to be perfect
There is no such thing as a perfect mother, and that means there is also no such thing as a perfect homeschooling mother either. If your life is like mine, you can look back on your day as you lay in bed and count off the ways that you totally blew it.
If you are on social media, the pressures we can feel as a mom are often magnified when we see all the other moms who just do it better – or at least it can look that way. Let’s not forget that on social media we often see only the best of people.
As homeschooling moms we struggle with wondering if we are getting our kids everything they need because after all, this is their education we’re talking about here!
When it comes to being perfect, we need to let ourselves off the hook. While we’re at it, we need to give up the mommy guilt, too.
All we need to do as homeschooling moms is to continue doing our best while learning and growing along the way. We do not have to meet the expectations of others, and we don’t have to measure up to anyone’s standards either.
It does us well to remember that each family and situation is different. We are all different. Our kids are all different. Our circumstances are all different. Whether you’ve got one child or seven like I do, each situation is uniquely challenging.
We have a vested interest in the education of our children. That’s why we do what we do, and this is something quite different from what they will get in any school. Rest in that truth and then march on.
You are the right person for the job
If you ever wonder what God was thinking when He gave you these children, believe me, I have too. In fact, I think all moms have wondered this at some point. Add to that the presses we face as a homeschooling mom and they only weigh on us all the more.
Maybe I shouldn’t be homeschooling. Maybe I’m not doing it right. Maybe they would be better off in school. Maybe a different mom, a better mom, can homeschool her kids but that is just not me.
The decision to homeschool is not one that people generally take lightly or jump into. Therefore, know that you are the right person for the job. If you need to reexamine things by all means do, but as for this moment in time, you are right where you are supposed to be – and so are your kids.
You can take some time for yourself
The job of a mom as well as the job as a homeschooling mom is all encompassing. It is time consuming, it is emotionally draining, and it is physically demanding as well. Being a mom, and being a homeschooling mom can suck the life right out of you.
For this reason, it is necessary to take some time for you.
Let me repeat that. It is necessary to take some time for you at times.
We give, and we give, and we give some more, which means that we also have to give back – to ourselves.
Let me give you permission to take some time out for yourself, and then take it. And that guilt we talked about earlier, you can leave that alone as well.
You will have so much more to give to your family when you give to yourself, too.
If you’re needing some breathing room. If you’re needing some hope. If you’re needing some encouragement as a homeschool mom, consider yourself hugged. Feel the renewal, the strength, and the peace that these three pieces of hope can bring, and then face the children and the life that God has called you to with grace, poise, and confidence.
From one homeschooling mom to another, you are doing an amazing job!