Can I just preface this article by saying you’re an awesome Mom? Being a better homeschool Mom doesn't mean that you’re not a good Mom, it means that you could improve your skills as a homeschooling one. There is a difference, and I don't want any readers to feel that they aren’t a good Mom if there is room to improve as a homeschooling Mom. We all have room for improvement in life: it’s why we had children!
Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about homeschooling. It’s not easy. Not in the slightest. You’re going to feel challenged and worried, and it can be stressful, too. Mixed in with the ease of being with the kids and watching their eyes light up as they learn, there’s a level of uncertainty that comes with such a huge responsibility. So, with that in mind, we’re going to discuss the five clear ways that you can be a better homeschool mom every single day.
Number One: Take Time To Reflect
Raising kids? That’s one heck of a job. Raising and teaching kids beyond all expectations? That’s just inspirational. The biggest secret to teaching is in how you reflect on yourself at the end of each day. By reflecting on your positives and negatives, achievements and losses, you can find such valuable answers. Write all of these reflections down and consider how you could do better the following week. This whole parenting thing is one big bunch of trial and error, and homeschool is the very same.
Number Two: Educate Yourself
You are likely not a qualified teacher, but when did you suddenly become unqualified to teach your kids? You are in a time where every resource that you could ever want is in the palm of your hand. However, taking the time to understand more is not a bad thing, and educating yourself can make a big difference in the way that you teach. For example, a behavior analysis degree can help you to understand your kids a little better and teach them more effectively at the same time. Teaching others can help you to explore your own learning and take it further. Follow that path.
Number Three: Always Trust Yourself
You have a bonus point here in your role of educator: mother’s intuition. You know your children better than anyone, which means that you know exactly what’s going to make them tick. You’re going to make some mistakes in this homeschooling journey, but you should trust yourself that you do know what you’re doing. The more you trust yourself, the more confident you will become in doing better for your children.
Number Four: Find Help
Homeschooling, as you know, isn't all sitting at desks and forcing the kids to learn. Instead, it’s getting out into the world and exploring. You can do that with other homeschooling Moms and families. Seek out their help and guidance; you may be pleasantly surprised that you can find your own community and grow together.
Number Five: Take Care Of Yourself
Our last tip, Mom, is for you to take a little care of you, too. Children need us to be on point for them, and that’s okay. That’s when things get a little messy, and you’re feeling like a frump. However, it would be best if you avoided burnout. When you’re raising children and teaching them, your life is as full as your heart. The problem is that you can easily forget yourself among all the beautiful chaos that you’ve created.
Schedule in time for yourself, too, and think of it like your smartphone. Would you let it run down to zero battery, or are you interested in ensuring that you have your phone charged and ready to go? Well, pretend you are a smartphone and don’t let yourself run out of battery! Drink enough water, eat, care for your personal needs and give yourself the time to do those things. You can be a much better Mom and teacher if you’re not pouring from an empty cup!
Every mother out there can do better, especially those who are homeschooling, just remember that you are already doing a phenomenal job. You are choosing to be a constant for your children and raise them to be excellent; you have a passion for being involved in their lives and their learning. It would be best if you recognized that this is an epic achievement already. The fact you are trying to learn more? That just makes you as impressive as your children who are learning from you.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.