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.

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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 a 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 of 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. You just have to pass this math lesson. And we aren't enjoying anything because I've lost site of the priority of relationships.

In the past, I have been one of "those" homeschoolers that homeschools year round. Homeschooling through the summer worked for us for many reasons. (You can read about why it has worked so well here.) As the kids have gotten older and they've had other things going on in the summer, we've had to change focus a little. But homeschooling year round can be a really good thing.

However, homeschooling year round has never meant that we do school all of the time with few breaks. In fact, one reason I loved homeschooling year round was because we could take longer or more frequent breaks throughout the year. I've learned that- whether you choose to homeschool year round or not- it's important to take breaks.

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.

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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.

Enjoy your homeschooling days. Just have fun.

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? I'd love to hear what you think. Leave me a comment.


This week, I've been linking up with the Schoolhouse Review Crew Tips for Homeschooling Parents blog hop. You can find some great tips from all the blog hop posts. Visit the blogs below for some other great posts.

5 Days of Tips for Homeschool Parents

Melissa @ Grace Christian School Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays Missica @ Through the Open Window Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling Rebekah @ There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining Renita @ Krazy Kuehner Days Sarah @ Renaissance Mama Sasha @ Such a Time as This Tawnee @ Adventures in Homeschooling Tiffany @ The Crafty Home Tina @ Desperate Homeschoolers *********************************************************************************

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