I Had No Idea.

February 8, 2012

I had no idea that February was Burnout Month for homeschoolers. But it makes sense, doesn’t it? For obvious reasons, we’ve cut our learning down to the bare minimum for the time being: reading, writing, arithmetic, and test prep. We’re getting along fine in this state of limbo, and although it’s not all I dreamed or hoped it would be for our learning this year, it’s what we all need–easy lessons, lots of rest, play, stories and simple days.

A few friends posted a link to this article yesterday on Facebook and I loved reading it. If you’re anything like me and constantly wonder if you’re doing enough for your kids and their education, you’ll enjoy it too.

You don’t have to be a homeschooling¬†superstar to feel good about the kind of education your kids are getting. Just be yourself. Embrace who you are. A reading mama? A knitting mama? A super-social mama? A mama who’s always whipping something tasty up in the kitchen or one who’s constantly on the prowl for interesting places to visit? Figure out what drives you and then let your kids shine within that capacity. Trying to be something you’re not, trying hard to provide your kids with the education that the blogger-next-door is giving hers will just burn you out and inspire you to quit the whole project entirely.

I guess the danger exists of trying to make your kids fit into your mold, but with a little common sense and a watchful eye, you can guard against that. Helping your kids to shine within the circle of your influence is no piddly thing. It’s so easy to get caught in the trap of comparison, especially in this world of information and sharing. Don’t do it.