I love homeschooling.
That is why this post is hard to write.
Because there has been a time when I did not like homeschooling. I even had a hard time getting out of bed in the morning because I dreaded our homeschool day.
As life took me down a road filled with depression, I knew that I had to figure out a way to bring joy back into my homeschool.
My kids were unhappy and cranky. I was tired and exhausted. There had to be more than this.
The answer is simple. In fact, I transformed my homeschool in three simple steps:
Step #1: Stop Comparing.
I knew that if I wanted to enjoy my own homeschool, then I had to stop comparing.
Comparison steals joy. When I start comparing, I start thinking I don’t measure up. When I start thinking I don’t measure up, I want to give up.
So I know that I cannot compare. But it is so hard. For me, I just find my trigger and change my thought process.
When I see a picture or receive an e-mail or hear a conversation and I start comparing, I immediately stop and think “That’s interesting. I am comparing. What is it about that particular picture or conversation that is making me compare?”
Then I think about it. Sometimes I realize it is because I am unhappy with a current situation. If there is something simple I can do to change, then I change it. If there is nothing I can do, then I let it go.
Now I am getting somewhere. Change what you can and let go what you can’t.
And stop comparing. Get curious. Figure out why you are comparing, then change or let it go.
#2: New mindset.
Besides stopping the comparison game, I needed a new mindset.
I had to go back to the basics and remember why homeschooling was so important for me.
And for this, I needed a homeschool mission statement.
#3 Systems and Routines
With my mission statement in hand, I started to work on my systems and routines.
Over the past 8 years of homeschooling, it seems I have tried everything, and I have finally come figured out some amazing systems and routines.
When I got my homeschool back on track, it became my dream to create a course that others could use to create their own amazing homeschool.
I have finally completed that course, and I am so excited to share with you exactly how I set up our homeschool, the organizational systems that really work, and encouragement to take you step-by-step throughout the entire process.
If you need a mentor in your homeschool, I am here to help.
I would love for you to check out my brand new course Homeschooling that Works.