As any homeschooling mom can tell you, educating your own kids is no easy task. See some of the most difficult challenges homeschool moms face every day.
I’ll be the first one to admit that I thought being a homeschool mom meant your life was devoid of any challenges. It was simply a breeze! Oh, how wrong was I? Homeschooling, as you have probably come to learn, is great. It’s a fantastic way of teaching your child at their own pace. You also get to bond and experience the joys of your children growing up. But is homeschooling truly the sweet-smelling rose it seems to be? Homeschooling is indeed a beautiful rose, complete with thorns! Check out some of the secret challenges of homeschooling moms.
How? Come on, don’t homeschooling moms have the most time to socialize? As a homeschooling mom you are often driven by your chosen curriculum. In addition to everyday tasks, the responsibility of giving your kids an education lies with you. Because you have so much responsibility, you may start to feel isolated. Arguably, homeschool groups have done a great job at minimizing this homeschooling challenge for moms. This works if there are other homeschooling moms near you. Homeschooling moms, however, do have the challenge of fitting in with other moms that opt for the more common traditional schooling.
Have you ever seen a homeschool mom and thought, “Wow, what a super-mom!”? Unfortunately, this perception and ever-increasing standards results in moms overworking themselves to appear “super.” Being a homeschool mom doesn’t mean other tasks do themselves. You still have to do housework, run errands, and earn a living. This multi-tasking poses quite a challenge. Most homeschooling moms have dealt with this super-mom syndrome by being realistic and asking for help.
Being in charge of your child’s education can give you a satisfactory feeling, especially if all is going well! However… things don’t always go well. Sometimes kids just aren’t able grasp a concept. Or they get bored. They may long for the structure of traditional schools. This could be scary as you are in charge of your child’s education. They have to excel! As a result of such expectations, homeschooling moms can push their children until either they or their kids are totally burned out.
In traditional schooling, children adhere to a schedule that is organized by the school. As a homeschooling mom, one of the big challenges you face is preparing your school schedule. You want to create a schedule that includes all academics while offering something extra special for your kids. While some of the benefits of homeschooling may include taking field trips or integrating learning into everyday life, it’s not always easy to make everything fit your calendar. Secretly, many homeschooling moms fall prey to either under-scheduling or over-scheduling.
Let’s face it, homeschooling is expensive. For one thing, you probably spend your days raising and educating your children — and time is money. It doesn’t help that homeschooling itself is not cheap. The cost of curriculum, worksheets, and supplies can really add up. Homeschoolers, stay strong! Though the financial struggles may seem daunting, you can’t put a price on the valuable education you are giving your kids.
“Why isn’t your child in school?”
We’ve all heard this one before. Although homeschooling is gaining momentum, most people still send their kids to traditional schools. There are people that will admire you for choosing to homeschool your child. However, others will scoff at you. This is a challenge mostly faced by new homeschooling moms that feel the need to defend their decisions.
Homeschooling is an amazing experience for you and your children. If you feel confident as a homeschool mom that your kids are getting the best education possible, it is ok to struggle with some of the tough aspects of homeschooling. It doesn’t mean that you’re not still rocking your homeschool.