Hello, sweet friend!
Throughout the weeks of February and March, I’m reposting some of the most helpful homeschooling articles from the archives here at the blog.
I know homeschooling can be hard! My heart is to encourage and inspire you through these last weeks of winter, and help you get through the mid-school year hump!
I’d also love for you to check out my ebook, Homeschooling Day by Day.
Today and tomorrow I’m reposting one of the most widely circulated homeschooling articles here at the blog…
Why I’m Not Cut Out to Be a Homeschool Mom
(originally written and shared in January 2012)
Sometimes, I get this funny feeling that many folks think we homeschool mothers are just not normal.
“Not normal” meaning: we are somehow exempt from the common plagues of womanhood. You know, impatience, griping, anger, poor time management, selfishness, loneliness, hormones, etc.
I’ll never forget the day a mother told me,
I wish I wanted to homeschool. But I just need that alone time while my boys are away at school!”
So where do people get this idea that women who choose to homeschool their children, do it because it’s just so easy for them?
That we don’t “need alone time”.
Don’t wake up tired and grumpy on occasion.
Never get sick, or have sick little ones.
Don’t crave adult conversation, or relish a hot shower without interruptions, or wouldn’t like to spend one day without peeling hardened pasta off the kitchen floor with a spatula.
I have a news flash to share: Homeschooling moms are “normal.”
We are flawed, selfish sinners, just like everyone else.
We fight the same battles with our flesh (and our flesh and blood) as every other mother in the world.
The power that drives us isn’t Super Woman strength. It is nothing but grace: the power and desire to fulfill God’s will for our lives.
Is homeschooling God’s will for everyone’s life?
Well, now, that isn’t what this post or this blog is all about. Our Heavenly Father is pretty creative and unique with His plans for His children. But my husband and I are convinced that it is God’s will for our family’s life.
So I rely heavily on grace to embrace each and every day He gives me.
And the amazing thing? That grace is new… every morning.
You see, I’m really not cut out to be a homeschool mom…
continued in part two…
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Do you relate?
Do you ever feel like people just assume homeschooling comes “easy” for you?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.