Homeschool regrets, we all have them right? I believe it heavily weighs us down as homeschool moms. And that is why I’m sharing my homeschool regret with you.
Homeschool regrets, we all have them right? Things we wished we’d done differently. Things we wish we hadn’t done at all.
It’s one thing that I believe heavily weighs us down as homeschool moms. And that is why I believe it is SO important to share our regrets. By sharing them we are acknowledging things we’d change. WE are recognizing our imperfections. We are sharing our lessons with other moms. And in doing this we can learn from one another.
So, what is my biggest homeschool regret?
NOT slowing down, and by doing that I PUSHED too much.
Okay, that is actually two regrets, right? But, they go together, at least for me. I actually JUST realized this regret a few weeks ago.
I shared the picture below on my blogs Facebook group (are you a member? If not, you should be!) and in the description, I shared this text:
She came across a locust shedding its skin. She has been sitting here for an hour. Drawing it’s different phases. This is real life learning. Do we have more school to do? Yes! But THIS is learning. The text books can wait, we have to embrace when life gives us a peek into Gods beautiful design. This is homeschooling mommas.
It was on that day that I realized how much I had missed in regards to homeschooling through the years. You see, there was a time I would have rushed her. I would have pushed her in the door and told her, “Right now we have to finish school. You can come back later”. And you know what? Later wouldn’t come.
I know this now because a few months ago I realized that I was homeschooling out of negligence. This lead to a HUGE overhaul in our homeschool. Out went curriculum and in went a more relaxed environment.
Peace. We have thrived and the tone of our home has changed. The kids want to do an art lesson on a day that’s NOT art day? So what! A locust decides to come out of its shell during recess? Let’s push back math.
The world is NOT going to end!
Rushing around to get “school done” zapped the life out of our homeschool. Pushing my kids to “finish the textbook” meant there was NO time for interest-led learning. And that leads to a burnt out mom and burnt out kids.
So, if I had a do-over what would I do?
I would have said yes to that unit study on dog breeds.
I would have said yes to more cooking lessons.
I would have said allowed them to separate and followed their own interests earlier
I wouldn’t have pushed phonics to the point of crying (I mean who says you HAVE to learn to read in Kindergarten?!)
I would have realized that things like 4H, sewing, piano, etc really CAN (and should) count as school! They are not tasks that are done “after” the curriculum is checked off.
I would have said yes to more snow days, leaf hunting days, and nature walks.
I would have said yes to my kids and no to other obligations.
Moms, if you are having regrets in your homeschool journey can I encourage you today? You can STOP the path yours on. You can turn around and restart. There is no time like the present. And guess what? The world will NOT end. It will keep going, and with it may come a more joyful homeschool journey.
What is YOUR biggest homeschool regret? Sharing regrets is not always an easy pill to swallow but it is SO important. Another mom may learn from or be encouraged by your story 🙂
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