Homeschooling is Not for the Faint of Heart

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So this is how reading time started:

Sweet Cheeks: I CAN’T do it!
Me: Please try. You aren’t even looking at the book.
Sweet Cheeks: But I can’t do it!
Me: Ok. Well, how about you go play instead and we’ll do this next time.
Sweet Cheeks: NO! I want to do my reading!!
Me: But you said you can’t do it!
Sweet Cheeks: I can’t do it.
Me: So go play.
Sweet Cheeks: No! I want to do my reading! (slides off the couch like a wet noodle…)


Have you ever had one of those days when you want to throw up your hands and say, “Fine! I’m putting you into public school!”

I find it fascinating, and hard, to be on the parent side of education now. When I was in the classroom and had to deal with difficult students at least I knew 3:00 would come and I’d send them back home. But with homeschooling I don’t have that option. I’m with my kids ALL DAY LONG.

Of course, if you have made the sacrificial decision to homeschool (and believe me…it’s a sacrifice!), then you know what I’m talking about. Homeschooling is not for the fainthearted. Every morning we dig in our trenches, set up the plan of attack, and execute at will.

Don’t get me wrong. Homeschooling is great fun! I love the fact that I get to be the one to introduce knew facts and objectives to my kids. I love that I get to snuggle on the couch with them as we read our Bible together. And I love that we can take a day off whenever we want.

But it’s hard work.

Age appropriate curriculum must be found. Educational philosophy must be decided upon for each child. Hours of planning must take place so objectives are covered. Blogs upon blogs of good ideas must be waded through as you find THE perfect way to teach the layers of the earth to your first grader.

And then there’s the execution part of homeschooling. You have to get your children to cooperate with you to even GET the layers of the earth activity completed. You have to deal with the fact that the younger child “gets” reading while the older one struggles. You have to deal with possible learning obstacles every day and research the best methods for helping your child. You have to deal with discipline issues, heart issues, reading issues, math issues, creation and science issues, age-appropriate history issues, and every day issues.

We won’t even get into the whole comparing our kids to the public school system or other homeschool kids….

And we do this for FREE! At least when I was in the classroom I acquired a salary, albeit a small one.

It’s days like this when I have to remind myself why I chose to homeschool in the first place. I used to be 100% against homeschooling. And now I do it every day.

Maybe this is why God allows days such as this. So we can be reminded of the “why” behind the “what.” This is a day when my focus can be brought back under His kingship as I remember my reasons for homeschooling my kids.

What is your least favorite thing about homeschooling?


Homeschooling is Not for the Faint of Heart — 9 Comments

  1. I have found that while one of the greatest blessings of homeschooling is the relationships that develop as we are with our kids all day and the freedom that gives us to tailor each child’s schedule and courses to their needs and interests, it has also been the hardest thing. Sometimes, we need a break from each other.

    • Homeschooling is not for every family. It is a calling. But if God ever does call a family to homeschool, then He provides for everything that is needed. Including the patience! 🙂

  2. My least favorite part of homeschooling is the uncertainty of it all. Knowing the material and knowing the right way to teach/present the material are two different things.

    • You are right. Knowledge is one thing. How to teach that knowledge to someone else, especially one who learns differently than you do, can be a challenge. It makes teaching school unpredictable!

  3. My least favorite thing about homeschooling is the whining and complaining. The kids do it. Then I do it. …or maybe it was the other way around… 😉 That’s the part that wears me out. The days without whining and complaining are the day we savor and the days we miss the most. 🙂 My patience (and theirs) has GROWN exponentially through homeschooling. When issues arise, we have the luxury of seeing ourselves plainly in it. For me, their tendency to complain is probably due to the fact that they’ve seen me do it. They are stubborn and so am I. They argue and probably learned it from me. They have points of failure and get back up, and so do I. … They pray and ask for God’s help… and so do I. What surprises me is to notice that when “it” is important, we stay in the moment and work it out. We don’t get exasperated to the point that we part ways before whatever it was is resolved. At some point, the ARG is over and the love remains. HUGE blessings have resulted from moment by moment effort. God is the source of every good thing. 🙂

    • Thanks for being honest. The same thing happens in our house. Someone gets frustrated and it spreads. I’m trying to get better at stopping, focusing on something else, and then returning back to the issue at hand.

  4. ((hugs)) It is hard and a blessing at the same time as you say. That’s neat that you were against it and now are completely for it. I’ve met many homeschool Mommy’s that have a teaching degree. My sister has one but doesn’t have kids. I find I get the most nervous around them…esp when my sister asks me questions about homeschool. I never feel nervous around my buddy Hannah though. She taught middle school English but often encourages me in my schooling. Her eldest is a grade behind mine and most of our homeschool group isn’t at Michael’s grade yet. So it’s neat to be able to share how we do things and I think they only listen because Michael is such a good reader and well mannered. The proof is in the pudding and that’s whats changed so many of my family member’s minds about homeschool.

    God indeed uses the weak things of the world because I’m not “qualified”. We have those rough days where school gets over at 10 pm. I wince revealing that but our bad days can be really bad. I’m so thankful my Mom helps out sometimes and my hubby will give me alone time. If I can do it I know others can do it. I get frustrated when I read that people aren’t privileged enough to stay at home. Not only the rich homeschool. We are at the American poverty level but we have different priorities (no Cable T.V. etc). But I know people in worse situations that school (single Mom’s, widows…).

    Anywho, sorry to be on my soap box and write such a long comment. I’m glad I have a supportive husband and family. It may have taken some awhile to get on board but I’m glad they are. Wish I had a gold medal for every mom that does this. You’re precious!
    God bless sweet sister!