Lacking confidence as a homeschool parent? Come hang out with me for a day, and you will feel better in no time! Look, I struggled for two years – believing I couldn’t hack it. I watched a 9 year old child play violin in a symphony orchestra. I listened to a 6 year old rattle off Latin declensions. I visited a tricked out school room that made my head spin and my heart sink. I compared myself to every other homeschool mom I met, and I never measured up.
But guess what. I am not every other homeschool mom. I am uniquely me. Creative, energetic, intuitive, and fun. Once I accepted my different-ness, I was able to take my eyes off of my perceived failures, and embrace the parent and homeschool mom I am meant to be.
January 2014 marks the beginning of my 3rd year homeschooling. Do I still feel ill-equipped? Sure. Do I still have blind spots and blue moments? Absolutely. But at last, no more floggin and doggin myself. No more beating and self-defeating. I can see the big picture of what I am called to do in this short window of time with my children. And finally, I am zeroing in on the educational style that unites my specific set of strengths and skills with their individual needs. That feels good.