The new school year just started. Literally, just started here, and I already feel burned out! Homeschooling children is not for the faint of heart! While we are working our way back into a schedule, I keep telling myself “it is going to get better.” I know it will, but we are not quite ready to get rid of all our summer fun quite yet. Summer seemed eternally long, but when it was over, I was wondering where it went. I could not for the life of me figure out where exactly all our days had gone and what we actually did. We had some fun trips, time with family, and of course, lots of outdoor play. But the rest of the time seems to have disappeared.
Here we are, sitting at the table in the kitchen working on our daily work, and we are all feeling the lack of motivation. I have our schedule and we are making some progress, but I think that we are going to take a few weeks of easy days before we seriously buckle down to heavy duty working. In fact, as I am writing this, my kids are outside playing with their friends who got out of school early today. I don’t always follow the schedule that the school district sets out, as its easier to make my own. My mom is here, so we are taking advantage of having some time to visit (and I am taking advantage of having another set of helping hands with the kids school work).
There is a saying “it takes a village” to raise children. I am a firm believer in this. As we watch our children grow and mature, there are things that I sometimes do not feel as strong in (like math and science), but I am learning some of it alongside my boys. But there are times that I just need another home school parent to talk to. Having someone that can sympathize with the feeling of “Am I doing this right” or “how in the world can I tackle this and get them to understand it” moments.
I just want to say – THIS IS NORMAL! All teachers – public, private, or home school, question how they are doing and if they are doing it properly. We are human, we are not perfect. We strive to teach, grow and watch our kids take off in their own directions and paths. We guide them the best we can, teaching them as much as we can, and then we have to let them go. I’m striving for that gold medal of “I survived homeschooling my children and lived to tell the tale.” We have the days of being crazy and feeling overwhelmed, but in the end.. it’s totally worth it!!
How is your homeschooling year going!??