How to Homeschool When You Don’t Want To

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Just because we’ve chosen to homeschool doesn’t mean we always want to get school done. There are days when the bus’ freedom calls to us, days when we have to be reminded why we’re doing thisSimply put there are days we don’t want to homeschool.


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Every homeschool mom has these days, even if we don’t admit it out loud, we do. I’ve been homeschooling for 7 years and I often find myself wondering how I’m going to successfully homeschool for another 8 years?

So, how do we do it? How do we succeed at homeschooling when we don’t want to do it?

We must remember (and use!) these important facts regarding our homeschool journey.

Homeschooling is a calling. It’s part of our “job” as a mother. As with any job, it’s something that must be done. We’ve been given the responsibility of raising our children and their education is a big part of that responsibility.

We can’t do it alone. There are so many resources available to us, we don’t have to homeschool alone. From complete online homeschool to online classes to You Tube videos, unit studies and more, resources are at our fingertips, we just have to utilize them. Often you can find a local homeschool co-op or homeschool group that includes classes, PE, etc., that is a great resource as well.

Don’t overschedule your day. As homeschoolers, we are able to choose what we teach, when we teach and how often we teach. Don’t overfill your schedule with school, your kids need time to grow, explore and play…and you’ll need some breaks.

Ensure your homeschooling method works for your children. One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to follow your child’s lead for homeschooling. How we learn is probably not how our children do and if we try to teach them our way, we’ll end up burned out and they’ll be frustrated.

It’s ok to take days off. This is one of the beautiful aspects of homeschooling. If you need a break, if the kids are sick or if you’re just burned out, take a day (or more!) off. Refresh your spirit and let the kids learn as they play and explore!

Homeschool when it works for your family. There is no set schedule that tells us when we have to homeschool. Morning, noon or night, days or weekends, they are all available for us to use in homeschooling.

Homeschool mom, you are not alone on the days when you have to push yourself to homeschool when you don’t want to. Every homeschool mom faces these days many times throughout the school year. Together we can successfully homeschool. Together we can ensure our children get the education we believe and know they need.

Our homeschool journey allows us to teach them how they learn, to teach them what they need to know, all while loving them along the way throughout each day. What better reasons do we need to push ourselves to homeschool when we don’t want to?

Misty - Founder of Year Round Homeschooling


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