The year has brought about changes in our family’s homeschool. I let go of many of my pre-conceived notions about home education. The difference has been great. We still don’t live in a “Pinterest-perfect” house or run our school in a picture-perfect way, but we are all growing and changing and becoming more like the individuals God created us to be. For that, I am thankful!
I realized that if God called me to homeschool because of discipleship, and I was allowing my ideals or what I thought others expected of me to distract me from that most important task, I was failing in my calling. Our homeschool looks very different as a result. (You can learn a little more about how the Lord taught me that in “My Homeschool Doesn’t Have To Look Like Your Homeschool.”)
So often, just when we think we have it all figured out, something changes. Those changes may be due to finances, becoming a single homeschooling parent, loss of job, health issues or the normal year -end/beginning assessment of the year to come.
The changes (and stresses) associated with homeschooling do not stop there. There’s the risk of burnout and the never–ending necessity to truly place God first and taking time every day to reconnect with our spouses.
Regardless of what causes the change – change is change and it can be stressful.
So, what can we, as homeschooling families do to help one another during these changes? Perhaps you are changing curriculum, moving, or nothing at all (other than the grades your children are in). Either way, we want to know so we can pray with and for you and encourage you during this year’s homeschooling journey.
Suggestions for handling change:
- Pray – alone and with a spouse.
- Find friends you can discuss the changes with.
- Write down your ideas and identify if they will help you achieve your over all goal for your family.
- Talk with your children. Identify their strengths and where they need to grow.
- Last but not least, take it slow. Change takes time!
Now, it’s your turn. Share your changes for the homeschool year. Leave a comment below.
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