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There’s no doubt about it homeschooling is hard sometimes. Of course there are those beautiful days of victories and great blessings, but then there are the times that challenge us to our core.
You don’t need to be superwoman to homeschool your kids. All kids need is for their family to be by their side loving them, encouraging them, and teaching them. Yet still, when the going gets tough what steps can you take to help diffuse the stressful times? I have come up with four actions you can take that may help you when homeschooling is hard.
Stop & Pray
When things begin to get overwhelming or stressful, always stop everything and pray. Pray for wisdom, encouragement, compassion, and a listening ear. You would be amazed how fast we are to skip this step, yet how VITAL this step is to helping us all get through the tough times. We must lean upon our heavenly Father for guidance and care because “he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). He is eager to help us through our difficult times.
Always remember why you started homeschooling. We all have different reasons for why we teach our kids at home. Take some time to reflect and remember the real reason why your children are at home with you.
Count Your Blessings
Look at what’s going right. Even though it may not feel like it at the moment, there will always be something to be grateful for. If nothing else, we can be thankful for the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the fact that this life is not all we have. From there, begin to count your blessings in your life.
Take things one step at a time. If your child is struggling with a certain subject and it is creating friction between the two of you, take a few days or even a week or two break from it and when you come back to it, find a way to break down the learning into steps.
Homeschooling is such a blessing that God has bestowed upon us as parents. God has given us everything we need to raise and school our children through all the ups and downs. We need to remember that He will always be right by our side.
What actions have you taken before in your homeschool to get through the challenging times? I’d love to hear your strategies in the comments below!
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