A reader recently told me she always deleted my posts because I’m “too organized”! I felt compelled to be real and explain that most of my posts are simply a “peep into our homeschooling” and, although not always window dressed, I tend to showcase what works.
So, here is the start a series of “Getting Real” posts.
My main goal in Practical Pages is to encourage moms and so I will widen my exposure lens and share some of the real issues, problems and some of the nitty-gritty realities of our homeschooling lives, and hopefully, be real about how we are trying to work through them.
I have felt like giving up, several times over the past years. Mostly during the years teaching my high schoolers, as shut-down teens. They are tough, and, together with their strong wills and designs of their own, as well as a really pathetic correspondence high school curriculum, I had no idea how to “succeed”. I dreaded every day’s battles, frustrations and dead-ends. In the end, we pushed through, and my eldest graduated with an university entrance. Relief! One down – 2 to go …
Last year my middle daughter only started her high school year in April and we did not do any exams that year … at all. It was the year my hubby said that “I dropped the ball”.
defend myself explain that our son got married that February, we were all helping build his house in time … and the postal strike delayed the arrival of her books … and so on … but basically I floundered with a new high school curriculum we had started, and I didn’t know how to approach the lessons and guide my daughter through her work.
Praise the Lord, she settled into a better routine when life returned to ‘normal’. She attended lessons with a tutor in town every 2 weeks to bring her (and myself) up to standard.
Essentially, it did not really matter. All that fuss and those crippling fears! She is young for the course she signed up for, and has 3 years to complete the 2 year exam requirements. I am confident that she did not actually fall behind, and that we are still on track.
My kids have often told me that they give up.
Young kids cried over maths, and even more sadly, they have cried in our art lessons. My eldest refused to do some CM subjects and I cried bitter tears of failure.
More sadly, I had tried so hard. Too hard. I blame myself for coming on too strong, being to ‘teachy’ and trying to educate.all.the.time.
Lesson learnt. I have learnt to relax much more. I have learnt to let the kids take control and take the lead.
Often, it helps to talk to another understanding person; my hubby or a fellow homeschooler. It is a relief to know that others struggle just as we do.
Don’t give up. Take a break. Change your approach. Find help. It is worth the effort of perseverance! In the end, homeschooling provided the nurture and relationship bonding that has made our lives rich and rewarding.
You can do it!
Have you ever felt like giving up? How did you find the courage to continue? Please share in the comments.
Blessings as you persevere.