I don’t know about you guys, but I either feel like I’m doing a pretty darn good job at this whole unexpectedly homeschooling gig or I find myself in the throes of self-doubt, second-guessing, and worry. Am I doing enough? Should I be doing it differently? Am I missing anything? Was this the right choice? Will he be okay? Could I be doing it better? I am my own worst critic. How do I silence that critic in my mind? How to I stop homeschool doubt and second guessing? Here’s what works for this homeschoolin’ mama.
1o Ways to Stop Homeschool Doubt and Second Guessing
- There is no one – absolutely no one– in this world that loves this child more than you. That alone is huge.
- In the same vein, there is no one who knows this child better than you. There is no teacher on this green earth who could understand this child better than you.
- Children are learning all the time. They are born curious. Just remember that.Read a little Holt. You’ll feel better.
- Remember that compulsory education by age level is a relatively new construct. Before the dawn of public education, homeschooling was kinda the thing. You’re just kickin’ it old school!
- Are you taking care of yourself? Whenever I find myself in the throes of second-guessing and doubt, I’m usually not taking care of myself. Are you eating well? Making time to exercise? Sleeping enough? Are you making time for the things you love? Are you hanging out with your girlfriends? Do those things and I guarantee you’ll feel better.
- Do not waste energy comparing your homeschool to that of those around you, or those that you read about online. Focus on your family and what works for you.
- Simplify. Are you trying to do too much right now? Is your to-do list a mile long? Cut back on all that stuff and focus on what matters. Read this book. You’ll feel better.
- Your job is to teach your child how to learn. You don’t have to know all the things to homeschool your child. Learn alongside your child and make memories together.
- Everyone has bad days and bad weeks. If your child was in public school, there would be bad days and bad weeks. No one is immune to the ugly, folks.
- Take a moment and imagine your child in school. Picture him where the school wanted to place him. Remember why you’re doing this.
Do you feel better now? I thought so. I do, too.
Do you find yourself second-guessing sometimes? Are you your own worst critic? How do you fight the homeschool doubt? Share here!
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. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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