You’ve probably come across the type before. Those homeschoolers that knew always that they were going to homeschool and they knew before their first child was conceived.
However, if you are one of those that just fell into homeschooling or came to it kicking and screaming, then cultivating the desire to homeschool has probably been a learned art for you.
Whether you always had the desire to homeschool or hopped on board later, we all need to rekindle and cultivate the desire to homeschool so we can foster our growth.
Let’s just face it too, the world we live in today doesn’t engender finding tranquil moments in our day to ponder our desire to homeschool and fill up our reserve.
On the other hand, each day that we homeschool can empty us of our eagerness to keep on homeschooling.
It’s essential to maintaining the pace of homeschooling to tap into homeschool resources that will stir you to action and to avoid certain mind-sets.
Avoid the Weight of Burdensome Negativity. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies because we have a set standard unreachably high for either us or our children.
For example, do you need to adjust the time that you begin school so that you have time to get more house chores done, or just to soak up more time in the morning to wake up?
Between me and you, I had several days early in my journey where I missed taking a shower and skipped breakfast because my schedule said it was time to start. Why do we do that to ourselves?
I never did get any homeschooling mom of the year trophy award either.
What I did learn was that day in and day out schooling at a grueling pace only sets a homeschooler up for burn out.
The end of the journey is all that matters. Mr. Senior 2013 remembers more about the quiet moments we had at home together doing simple things like reading aloud and playing board games than he did large homeschool projects where we were all stressed out.
Maybe you feel your child is not progressing as fast some other homeschool children that you know.
Could your child be at a learning plateau or is he getting enough rest and exercise? Look at The Dos and Don’ts When You Hit A Learning Plateau in Homeschooling.
Change Your Homeschool Approach. I changed my homeschool approach three times until I found one that suited my children and my teaching style.
When we are fighting a switch to a new homeschool approach, it can have devastating effects on our desire to continue homeschooling.
Look at Stop Switching Your Curriculum, Switch Your Course of Study. I use to think if only I can change my teaching methods at the end of the year that it would be less stressful.
What I finally realized was that like a parched and sun scorched plant that is drying up and shriveling, my children’s love of learning was the same way.
I needed to take quick action to inject a love of learning by changing either my approach, curriculum or schedule.
Just Can’t Avoid it – You Need Other Homeschoolers. Before I formed our co-op and field trip group, I use to think I was too busy to be meeting with other homeschoolers. Ask me now about how I feel and I cringe about my thinking then because homeschooling and meeting with other homeschoolers are inextricably linked to homeschooling staying power.
When you are tired with several small children, it’s hard to see how fellowship with people you barely know will help you. It just seems like one more energy zapping exercise.
And to make matters worse, if your personality is like mine where you are perfectly happy with just your inner circle of friends, it can be hard to overcome the thinking that you are just fine.
But what I have learned is that the homeschooling spirit is contagious when you have a crowd around. Instead of draining your time of one more lack luster thing to do, interacting and sharing tips, techniques, and venting about the the ups and downs of homeschooling with other homeschooling families bolsters our desire to keep on homeschooling.
Not only are we encouraged to keep on homeschooling, but we meet other families who have similar circumstances as our own.
Some of the most significant homeschooling changes that I have had the conviction to do came directly after mingling with experienced homeschool moms.
Stoke the embers of homeschooling by fueling the desire to homeschool through being consistent each day and being quick to take advantage of opportunities to be encouraged by other homeschoolers.
The end will be here before you know it.
Hugs and love ya,
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