Half-hearted homeschooling, I can’t even type the words without already feeling a bit of energy draining from my fingertips. Keeping the same resolve to homeschool throughout your journey is crucial to being able to weather any storms that will come your way.
How you rise to meet those challenges is more significant than you may realize. Though I don’t usually like to make blanket statements about homeschoolers, in my experience I have found that by nature we come with a bit more resolve as we start to homeschool. Maybe we are more armed in the beginning because we have had to overcome any naysayers.
But somewhere along the way, doubt sets in and then we question our resolve to homeschool.
Reasons and research, which are the first two R’s combined with our fortitude or resolve to homeschool stands as an almost impenetrable barrier to giving up our homeschool journey.
To think that we can control our lives, our schedules, our children or even our own negative thoughts is a mistake. It happens to all of us. Learning along the way that I can control sometimes very little about my journey helps me to put a plan in place.
Combat the Control Hoax
You can’t control what flies overhead in your journey, but you can only control what you allow to land permanently or how it affects you. Think about that though for a minute because that is powerful.
Thinking that is counter balance always helps me to not stroll down pity party road too. For example, I don’t think life just happens and then just roll with anything that comes up in my life. We do decide what people and what circumstances we allow to take up permanent residence in our lives. That is a force to be reckoned with and it allows us to not just go with the flow when we need to avoid the flow.
Our resolve helps us to resist a willy-nilly approach to homeschooling and allowing things that we have no control over to fester and take up our time.
Resolve means to make up one’s mind and it has the connotation as if we took a formal vote. One can’t have an opinion on something unless they researched it and have strong reasons to make that decision.
Reinforce Your Homeschool Resolve
Look at these things that will feed your resolve to stick with homeschooling.
- Avoid isolation. I don’t care if you are homeschooling in a boat floating in the South Pacific, (sounds good actually) live in a frozen tundra for most of the year or live only among where you see more cows than people, you need encouragement, support and inspiration. Attending a co-op may not be an option, but reading blogs, reading books and attending on-line homeschool conventions may be.
- Schedule it. As moms we tend to put our needs in everything secondary to our children’s need. There is nothing wrong with this as long as we don’t neglect our needs. There is a difference. Finding time to refresh your resolve is not easy so it has to be scheduled in. My time is early in the morning. Whether you choose to read blogs, read books, pray, step away from the computer, sit down at the computer, exercise or all of this, you need time to dwell on the reasons you homeschool.
- Change it up. Homeschooling has many seasons and sometimes you don’t have to change it up because changes, like moving, a pregnancy or unexpected illness comes to you. I am not talking about those kinds of changes, but changes like varying our routine, our methods and the people we choose to let in our immediate homeschool circle, adds spice to our everyday.
When You Don’t Know Where to Begin in Homeschooling. The 3 R’s for New Homeschoolers. Part 3
I hope even one tidbit of any of these three posts helps to re-energize you with a dogged determination to keep homeschooling. Whether you are weak at times in reasons, research or resolve, the other two R’s will help to jump start you back to your resolution. Take time to form these 3 pillars in your homeschool and you won’t be so easily swayed as you enter and end different seasons in your homeschooling.
Hugs and love ya,
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