One Big Tip for Enjoying Your Homeschooling Days

I’m going to make a confession of sorts. I want to be viewed as the homeschool mom that has great, creative lessons planned and that spends hours outdoors drawing in nature journals and then comes inside and spends hours reading great living books to my kids. I want to say that every day we have so much fun homeschooling. But the truth is that this isn’t reality. There are days that we just barely trudge through. We argue and complain and grouch at each other. And, way too early in the day, I give up and just let the kids watch television because I just can’t do anymore.

Enjoying your homeschool days
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But I don’t want it to be this way. I want to have fun homeschooling. I want my kids to have fun. And I want to have good memories of what we’re doing. I have learned that when we’re not having fun, there is usually one thing I can point to that has gotten out of whack. When this one thing is right, things can be good. But when this one thing has been neglected, the dominos are going to begin to fall.

Here’s the one big tip: Have the right priorities.

I’m going to reveal another secret here. My top priority for my children is not their academic achievement. It’s just not. Do I want to be a good steward of what I know and teach them things that they need to know to be successful? Sure. But is getting them into a top college and having them achieve top scores on the SAT and ACT my goal? No. It’s really not.

If I were to rank my priorities when it comes to my kids, there are many things that come before their academic achievement. Their relationship with God, their relationship with us, their relationships with their siblings, the way they treat other people- all of those things top academic success.

Do you see what all those priorities have in common? Relationships.

If what we’re doing academically is damaging relationships, then it’s time to stop and take a break and build relationships- because that is far more lasting and far more important. Sometimes we aren’t enjoying our days because I’m so focused on the wrong things. We just have to finish this workbook. We just have to make it through this curriculum. We just have to pass this math lesson. And we aren’t enjoying anything because I’ve lost site of the priority of relationships.

Take a break and do something different.

If you aren’t enjoying what you’re doing, maybe it’s time to take a break. Whether you just scrap everything for the day or decide to take a week off, it’s okay to stop working and take a break. Remember those priorities? Taking time to have fun and build relationships can trump school. It’s okay.

Enjoy your homeschooling days. Just have fun.

If you aren’t enjoying your homeschooling days, take time to evaluate your priorities. Yes, sometimes you’ll just have a bad day. “All learning can’t be fun”, I sometimes tell the kids. But if you’re constantly dragging around and not enjoying each other, take a look to see if your priorities are in line.

Enjoying your homeschool days

What do you think? Do you struggle with priorities? Are there other things you think can drag you down and keep you from enjoying homeschooling?

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