When I began this journey of homeschooling, I thought I had to have everything perfect. I have that tendency anyway, but since I had been a teacher for many years… I thought my homeschool had to operate like a classroom. My expectations of our day ran along the lines of a June Cleaver crossed with the Waltons.
I thought that my days should all be perfect… where I would get up early and have quiet time, exercise, get my shower and be dressed all before the kids woke up… And when I woke them up, they would be eager and ready to learn. HA!!!! It didn’t take me long to realize that I was crazy. After just a few months of trying it this way, I was so tired I couldn’t get out of bed in the morning. It took everything I had in me to just bark at them to get out of bed in the morning.
I also realized pretty quick that the children didn’t WANT to learn, and they didn’t always get along. So, a few months into this homeschooling endeavor… brought a realization that my expectations just were just too high. I had to reinvent a model of homeschooling that fit our family, our lifestyle, and our needs. I couldn’t be LIKE anyone else – I had to be me… and I had to homeschool in a way that reflected who WE are.
Have your expectations caused you to stress out over homeschooling? Don’t let them, homeschooling is made to meet our needs… not the other way around.