Do you think of homeschooling as your full-time job, or more like a part-time endeavor? What I am really asking is this: Are you fully engaged in your homeschooling work? Where is your heart?
It’s possible to be 100% committed to homeschooling your children and hold down a full-time job. You can also be a stay-at-home mom who homeschools and be 100% elsewhere in your attitude and your focus. Which best describes you?
You are going to struggle to find joy in the journey of home education as long as your heart and mind and attitude are out-of-sorts. There is no way around it ~ a sour attitude that is pining away for something else internally will do damage to your homeschooling efforts.
Sometimes, our truest friends are the ones who give us pause and force us to have a gut-check. Let me be that friend today.
Try this as an experiment for the next week or so. Guard what goes on in your mind. Keep a close eye on your thought life. Check yourself when you find negativity; stop that snarky attitude dead in its tracks. Hold your thought life accountable. Refuse to allow any room for whatever it is that is making you a sour mama, and watch your homeschool begin to turn around as a result.
As a homeschooler, you probably are aware of what your children are putting into their minds. Garbage in, garbage out, right? And the same is true for us. I am not telling you anything that you don’t already know. I am just shining a spotlight on it so that it can’t get away with hiding in the shadows and doing it’s usual damage. We have to pay attention to what thoughts we allow to roll around in our minds, because if we don’t, we will become whatever those thoughts say we will become. Think of it as mental quicksand.
Here is how I know that I know that this is crazy important. Because my kids are not kids anymore – because they are all adults now – because even the hardest years of diapers and zero sleep and fussy babies and not leaving the house for days on end, all while trying to get my bearings as I homeschooled the slightly older kids, goes by in a flash. One day you will wake up and this whole homeschooling adventure will just be…OVER.
And you will miss it terribly. The missing will be so much worse than the worst day of homeschooling ever was.
Change your thinking, my homeschooling friend, and it can change the way you look back at these years one day in your future.
You will find so much joy in the journey when you reset your thought life and just have a great day right where you are at this moment in time.
Jan L. Burt
Jan L. Burt is a 25-year homeschooling veteran, mother of 5 amazing children, author of The Homeschooling Mothers Bible Study and The Once-A-Year Homeschool Planner (An All-in-One, All-Student, All-Subject Planning System) printable pdf (to be released summer of 2018). Jan will be speaking at the 2018 Homeschool Mom’s Conference (search for details on Facebook). She blogs at MomsWhoHomeschool.blogspot.com & can be found at her new website ~ JanLBurt.com