It’s back to school season!! For most Home-educators the back to school mindset and planning began months ago before the previous year even ended. Every year home-school parents search the web or attend conventions in search for the perfect curriculum.
At Homeschool Conventions you can feel the anxiety in the air, and see the doubt and uncertainty on faces, as the parents go booth to booth to hear the persuasive pitches of the vendors. Each parent in search for the miracle curriculum.
Searching for the curriculum that will make their child the best of the best. The miracle that will crack the calculus code and make them love math. The study that will build Mother Theresa like Character and develop strong faith in their child . No one wants to fail!
All this searching starts to make one feel some what inadequate and overwhelmed.
We start to forget WE are the Character building, math teaching, Rock stars!
The Person your children need is YOU !! Products and Curriculum are necessary but a healthy YOU is the foundation.
To win big with homeschooling the big work should not be on the curriculum first but on the teacher. That’s Right! You have to make sure you are in position to give, pour, teach, and invest in your children.
That means but is not limited to developing good financial habits, establishing better relational habits, exercise habits, sleep habits, etc.
To win big you have to get clear about what your ultimate goals are for yourself and your children. Only you can craft that. A mega curriculum company can not create convictions for you. Establish some strong why’s or convictions for Home schooling. You will need them when you get discouraged or need to be redirected.
To win big you have to know your needs and take care of your self. What I mean is know when you are most productive, what breaks you down, what refreshes you, what tasks fulfill and know your limits. This way you can determine a curriculum based on what you are able to deliver well. A curriculum that will line up with your goals and beliefs. Knowing how and when you are most productive will allow you to do the most important work during those times, in order to feel accomplished each day. Knowing your limits will allow you to know when to draw back, pause and get refreshed.
I don’t want to over simplify the matter. I realize each family dynamic has many factors to consider. However, I want you to think of the most recent flight you were on and the instructions given in the event of a falling plane. You must put on your life vest and emergency oxygen system first. Once you have your equipment secure you are in the best position to help others.
Friends get secure in who you are and why you are homeschooling. You will be a better home-schooler for it.
I learned the hard way. I made the mistake of buying products and curriculum to home school, but the person, me , the teacher was not ready. I didn’t invest in making sure I was being poured into, had rest, had confidence and time to do things I enjoyed prior to having children or homeschooling. Not taking care of you the teacher, the parent, the person, the mother, the father, FIRST will lead to burn out. You do not want to set your self on the path to burn out.
So please remember…
- Take care of yourself first. Invest in the Person (parent) first , Product (curriculum) next.
- Get clear on your convictions, values, and goals and make a list. When doubt sets in and days get long, look back at this list to put wind in your sails.
Keep Pressing forward. Thanks for reading . I hope you found this helpful!
I would love to hear from you, share below some of your fears, doubts or reservations about homeschooling and how you over come!