This is a bonus episode of the Joyfully Homeschooling podcast. A few weeks ago I sent out a survey asking what your biggest homeschool fears, struggles, and questions are. The response was overwhelming and I am realizing there are many of you who are still letting fear zap your joy. Guys, God gave your children to YOU. You are equipped to provide them with everything they need to be successful adults and to succeed at homeschooling. Believe me!
I plan on addressing some of these concerns on upcoming episodes of the podcast, on the blog, and in newsletters. So, if you have not subscribed to my weekly newsletter you can do that by clicking on the link in the show notes. When you sign up, you also get a coupon code for my store, so, win/win! <3
I chose a few specific homeschool questions for this episode that some of you asked specifically for me. So, here we go!
Do you feel that your children are willing to learn from you? What would you do if they do not respect you as a teacher?
I haven’t had a lot of issues with the kids not wanting to learn from me. At least not most of the time. For this question, I share some about how we deal with dad being home during the day, subjects I just can’t teach, and how one of my kids really struggles with turning in their work on time and pushing the envelope.
What is your biggest struggle being a homeschool mom?
For me, it is playing the teacher and mom role. It is hard. I struggle with finding the balance and not turning everything into a teaching experience.
What is the number one thing that you find yourself sharing with homeschoolers again and again?
Without a doubt, it is to stop comparing your homeschool and your kids to others. Also, that you CAN homeschool. You are enough.
How do you schedule in free time yet still have to get their work done?
We do flex Fridays
What’s the best way for moms to make lasting friendships while homeschooling?
I addressed this in episode 2, so be sure to go back and catch that. I also have a few blog posts about this on the blog. I will leave those in the show notes. But, the bottom line is that no matter where you are in your homeschooling journey, I encourage you to find another homeschool mom to be friends with. These friendships are important to your sanity and maybe the other moms too! These moms can give you encouraging words for homeschool days that seem like they will last forever.
What is your goal for 2019?
Oh, great question! I have a few and enjoy sharing them in the podcast.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Comparison Trap Podcast Episode
- Teaching Textbooks
- Mr. D Math
- Apologia Physical Science
- The episode on how do you teach subjects you don’t enjoy
- Email opt-in for Choose Joy Challenge
- Email opt-in for homeschool planning series
- Basic email opt-in
- Survey link
- The episode with Vicki Tillman on relationships
- Flex Fridays
- All About Homeschool Mom Friends