Most days, I truly enjoy homeschooling. I’m a product of public schools and a school psychologist, and I had never thought about myself homeschooling. It just never crossed my mind… until Leo’s kindergarten year. Now, as we prepare to embark on what would have been Leo’s second grade year, I cannot imagine doing anything else. I’m a convert, folks. I love homeschooling.
Homeschooling is not all sunshine and roses. Some days, homeschooling can be hard, and some days are downright ugly. On those days, it’s easy to feel alone. Social media can make you feel like everyone is rocking this homeschooling gig when the reality is, everyone has bad days. If you’re having a bad day, or a bad week, or a bad season, I want you to know that you are not alone. And, to make you feel less alone, here are some of our bad days.
When Homeschooling is Hard
Here are just a few of our bad days, in no particular order:
You might call it a winter slow-down, or homeschool hibernation, or a winter slump. Many call it a case of the Februaries and, believe me, you are not alone. Here is a book that will help you on even your worst days.
Oh my gosh, you guys. Trying to get back into the homeschool swing of things after a holiday break or a vacation can be downright UGLY.
And, speaking of ugly… Leo and his war with the EPGY Guy almost drove me to the brink. Here’s the story.
Yes. Yes, I did. We had a day that was so ugly that I actually threatened to send the child back on that big yellow bus.
The whole PG/2E/full-of-OE thing can really throw a wrench into an already trying day!
You know those few days following vacation, or those three days after a major holiday? Over here, we call those days The Hangover from Fun.
Been there, done that more times than I care to recall. And, the under-arming out of public places days aren’t over yet.
Parents, we all falter. Some days, we falter more than others. Here’s a story about a falter-filled season.
Chuck-it-bucket days are my worst days. I always feel like I’m failing, folks.
Have your children ever caught you in a lie? My children have! It was awkward. It was cringe-worthy. It was stressful. And, in retrospect, it was hysterical. Have a laugh on me!
Our 2014-2015 winter was filled with illness. Here’s how we muddled through and came out on the other side.
That illness-filled winter that I mentioned above? We were dealing with a major construction project at the same time. Nothing like having an audience all winter! Here’s how we remained [mostly] sane throughout.
But, wait! There’s hope! You don’t have to be stuck in a bad day. You can try to turn it around.
Now, it’s your turn. Do you think homeschooling is hard? What is the most challenging part for your family? How do you muddle through the hard parts? Share here. I love hearing from you!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram