We think a lot about how homeschooling will affect our kids – in both good and bad ways. We weigh up the pros and cons before making the final decision.
But what about the impacts of home education on parents? Turning into a home educator yourself (if that’s your plan) is a big change not only for your child, but for you!
Is homeschooling hard for parents? Most parents would say it can’t be described as easy. But it doesn’t have to be a battle either.
One of the main points of concern you will hear from homeschooling parents is that they feel overwhelmed.
If you feel overwhelmed or stressed now while home educating, or worry that you will once you start homeschooling – you are not the first and certainly will not be the last parent to feel that way.
Overwhelm can come from not feeling in control.
Even parents who have been doing homeschooling for years, who have a really good routine going, can hit patches where things feel harder than they need to be. It’s human nature, and it does NOT mean you are failing at homeschooling. Not by a long shot.
Challenges are a given during your child’s homeschooling years. And they won’t all be your child’s challenges!
Home education challenges are unique to those that your child and you might face with regular schooling. That’s why it’s great to have some sort of support or contact with other homeschooling moms and parents.
With the right mindset though, you can and will overcome challenges as they arise throughout your children’s home education years.
As a parent you are naturally inclined to put your children’s needs before your own. Of course we do. Moms are endlessly selfless.
But as a homeschooling parent you’ll need to be paying more attention to your own self care. Not only for your own sake, but for your child’s as well. A mom or parent who is doing well, physically and mentally, is going to be an amazing and successful home educator.