If somebody had told me that prior to starting homeschooling I needed patience, confidence and all the answers to every subject, I would not have plunged into homeschooling.
Let’s break down each of the fears mentioned.
Patience, Confidence, Knowing all the Answers – NOT Required to Homeschool
It has been said that patience is a virtue. That couldn’t be more true.
This means it is cultivated, exercised and developed.
We are not born with it or suddenly get it when we start to homeschool. It becomes a priceless and beautiful possession because we have been putting into practice our new homeschooling routine.
One dictionary says patience is the ability to wait for something.
Are you willing to wait on your children to learn what you are teaching? Is your norm to speed through lessons and micromanage your children?
You have time to work on patience and it never really is achieved, it is just managed along the way. It becomes a virtue that is the very glue of our journey.
I should have taken a picture of all the 3 ring binders FULL of bulging information I had collected that was suppose to boost my confidence.
Did I mentioned the only boost I got was in the pocketbook when I had to replace my dead printer/computer from printing all that information?
Like patience, I soon learned confidence is grown at home too.
It is not just automatically conferred on me when I began homeschooling.
One reason for being confident is that homeschooling has worked for thousands of families that have gone ahead of me. Another reason I am confident is that my children learn best from me.
They are motivated because they know I care for them and I am able to share my values with them.
Confidence soars as each day we learn life lessons and each day turns into precious years of seeing our children grow to be the people they are meant to be.
When our children are young they think we know EVERYTHING on the subject we are teaching.
As parents we know their view is coming from inexperience.
It really is no different with us when we start to homeschool or any time in our journey.
Our lack of experience makes us think we have to have all the answers or when we get to higher grades all of the sudden we don’t qualify anymore to teach.
The truth of it is there are so many resources to select from.
Tutors, dvds, co-op classes, on-line classes and support groups give us the power to have EVERY answer at our fingertips or better yet for our children to have that power.
Utilize all the help available. I have involved other homeschool parents to help train my children. I will never have all the answers, but I hope to instill in my children the desire to look for answers for a lifetime.
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