When Facing Homeschool Discouragement

Being a family who homeschools, we have a lot of time in our hands – or not. There are days that our schedule is easily followed by the kids but there are days that they would rather do something else, like play outdoors or draw or just play. As a mom who likes to have everything done, this is a big struggle for me.

I would often remind them that we have schedules to follow, and that they should always do hard work first before they start enjoying. There are days that they would happily go back to their studies but there are days that I would hear them sigh. When I hear that, I could just pretend that I didn’t hear it or that it doesn’t matter as long as we can proceed to finishing our tasks for the day but I would get convicted so  I would stop and talk with them.

Whenever this happens, I often ask myself  if homeschooling the kids has been producing any good at all, if we should continue or what should I do to encourage them more?

This is the time when I go back to our family mission and homeschooling mission. I read and pray and reflect. Most of the time, I realize that I need to spend more time in prayer and preparation for our school, and be patient with them and not become over-bearing. I find that when I allow discouragement to set it our homeschool, it spills over to the kids.

Our homeschool is NOT about finishing all the worksheets or tasks — but it is all about learning and doing your best for the Lord. I would remind the kids why we are homeschooling and ask them if we are making the Lord happy with our attitudes.

I remind myself that we chose to homeschool because we want to live intentionally and not be trapped by what society dictates. It is so easy to fall into the trap that we need to finish worksheets, submit tests and projects so we can get good grades. But if that has become our only goal – then we are missing the point.

So if you are undergoing the same experience, slow down!  Recall your family’s mission statement or homeschooling mission or reason why you want to homeschool. Pray and ask God for wisdom.  Reflect and be open to change.

The God who has called us to homeschool, is faithful to help us fulfill our role and responsibility as teacher parents to out children. Let us not allow discouragement to settle in our hearts.

Comments

  1. Love the reminders here, Chris! 🙂 It’s so true that “homeschool is NOT about finishing all the worksheets or tasks — but it is all about learning and doing your best for the Lord.” 🙂 Cheering you on and praying for you as well! 🙂 High five, fellow homeschool mom! 🙂 God bless!

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