This is what I’m hearing from so many homeschool moms. I’m not sure I can do it another year. How can I do it all? How can I do even part of it well? I hear you.
I think I felt this way ever year of our 21+ years of homeschooling. Some days I still feel that way and I’m no longer homeschooling.
Some simple things I do to handle the stress are:
1) Prioritize – This way the important things are sure to get done. There was a season in our homeschool that my husband decided that if we got devotions and Scripture memory work done we had a good day. There are seasons like that and we need to recognize them and not beat ourselves up over them.
2) You can catch up on academics but character training needs to be done daily. It’s difficult to repair character issues so we need to place these above academics. Training our children in Godly character must be at the top of the list. I know it’s challenging to stop in the middle of a lesson – again – to cover something we just covered five minutes ago, but you will reap the rewards down the road. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Gal 6:9 KJV
3) Stay in the Word. Do whatever is necessary to stay connected to the source. “I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5 KJV
4) Stop and evaluate often. Talk and pray with your husband. If something isn’t working ask your husband and the Lord what you should do. Often times our husbands are looking at the big picture and see things we don’t see, and the Lord always has great ideas.
When we started homeschooling we had three children under 6 and our youngest had leukemia. When I asked the Lord how to homeschool under those circumstances He helped me plan to pack a bag of all our homeschool supplies and each time we had to make a hospital or clinic run Emily grabbed her bag and we homeschooled in waiting rooms etc. I share more in our article Homeschooling with Chronic Illness
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11 NIV He does know the plans He has for you and is anxious to share them with you – all you need to do is ask.
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