I remember a few months ago, meeting a fellow homeschooling mom at a conference.
She told me about her struggles, and her quirky kids, and about how she just wanted to be happier each day.
“It just feels like we’re barely getting by some days,” she said. “Can I ask you – are you really as happy as you seem?”
Well, yes and no. Some days are amazing, and some days are OK, and some days are like this.
But most of the time, I am happy to be homeschooling. I’m happy to get to spend this time with my kids, and I feel good about what we are doing, even if it is imperfect, messy and often includes library fines and pet explosions.
(It also includes books and ice cream and swimming – it evens out.)
I don’t think there’s one key to being a happy homeschooler.
For the introvert mama, it can be making sure to get alone time, and for the Type A mama, it can be making sure there is a schedule in place.
But I definitely think that a key to longterm happy homeschooling is to know what you need, and to know that it’s OK to need it.
And I have a few other ideas about what makes homeschooling sustainable and more joyful.
So recently, I sat down to write about them. That writing ended up becoming an ebook.
Inside, I outline 7 things that I think will help you be happier, more peaceful and less overwhelmed every day.
These ideas come from my 11 years of homeschooling, plus my work and writing in the homeschool world, plus meeting so many of you, both online and in person.
I hope that it will help homeschool mamas grow their confidence, let go of comparison, and embrace who you are, so that you can flourish during the years you spend homeschooling.
This responsibility we have taken on can feel crushing sometimes, can’t it? You aren’t alone if you feel that way. But we also don’t have to work ourselves to death in order to get it right. Really.
Homeschooling is a marathon, not a race – so we need to make sure we are taking care of ourselves along the way.
I hope my new ebook will give you the boost you need to have your happiest homeschool year yet this year.
Joy, magic and happy homeschooling,