Will homeschooling always be this be fun?
© Beverley Paine
The following question recently came up on the Homeschool Australia FAQ group.
I can see us homeschooling and really enjoying it. Actually I'm really excited at the prospect and think it will be lots of fun...am I being realistic?
Absolutely! What's happening is that you are flying high on a positive attitude. Everything becomes possible when we adopt that attitude!
Homeschooling WILL be lots of fun, but it won't ALWAYS be lots of fun. There are going to be some very bleak days too. If you read my various articles on burn out and avoiding becoming overwhelmed on the Homeschool Australia website, and there are dozens if not hundreds of articles on this subject out there on internet homeschooling land, and follow the advice then you'll minimise the incidents of the not-so-fun days.)
You're going to be beset by incredible self-doubt, worry that you're harming your kids, feeling like you're letting the team down by not earning money... There will be times when life conspires against you and it all looks way too hard. We've all been there. It's not fun at all, but it's life and those pesky kids actually turn out to be our best friends. I've always worked hard to put my relationship with my family - Robin and the children - first by asking 'what's most important?' It's easy to choose what to do when framed by that question. We kept life simple and cheap in those early years and I'm sure it helped avoid a lot of the typical teenage turbulence most families endure.
There's a good chance you'll find yourself picking up this resource and then that one, rarely satisfied for long. You're going to spend lots of time thinking that what you're doing with your children is inadequate. You'll be tempted to cram in as much as you can - buy resources you won't use, take the kids places they're not interested in, spend hours organising elaborate unit studies only to have your plans waylaid by injured dogs, sick children, visitors, and lots more!
Homeschooling isn't a lot different from parenting, and we all know what that entails!
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