This past week, we were chatting over on Instagram about how you can’t do it all when you’re homeschooling, and why you shouldn’t even try.
This sounds kind of negative when you first hear it – I shouldn’t even try?
Wait a minute, I hear you saying, these are my kids. My most precious cargo. And you’re saying that I shouldn’t even TRY to give them everything?
But here’s the thing: Our goal is to keep homeschooling sustainable, right? We’re in this for years, not weeks. It’s a marathon, not a race.
And I promise you, if we try to do it all, we will burn out.
In fact, did you know that I actually quit homeschooling once?
I tried to do too much, too soon, with kids who were to young, and within 4 months I found myself calling the local Montessori preschool and signing my son up for mid-term enrollment.
But I still loved the idea of homeschooling, so we tried one more time. That was 10 years ago now!
What I learned from that experience is that we have to pace ourselves, and what came up during our talk on Instagram last week is that it’s OK to have a just-OK Tuesday.
Not every day has to be blow-out fun, adventure and joy. Not every day has to have easily documented growth. Some days, can just be … OK.
In fact, we should count on those days, so that we don’t put a ton of pressure on ourselves and make ourselves kind of crazy.
We even decided that we’re going to start a hashtag over on Instagram – #justoktuesdays. Feel free to use it any time you know that you had a pretty good day. Use it whenever you notice that things are going OK, despite not getting everything right every second and not checking a million boxes. Use it on days that didn’t go quite as planned – you know – the average Tuesday.
I promise, as someone who has been at this for 10 years now, it’s OK to have just OK days.
In fact, wonderful memories are made up of them.
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