My Lesson about Simple Homeschooling

I am thankful for other homeschooling moms who blog, as I was greatly helped this evening! 

I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed recently, and while there are probably several reasons, I think a big one is that I am comparing my homeschooling style with other homeschoolers, specifically ones who are doing everything!  (Or at least look like they’re doing everything.)  As a mother of seven who’s trying to homeschool six kids in grades 2-8, I can’t do everything, and there are days when I feel like I am ruining my kids for sure!

So, in desperation, I googled “Simple Homeschooling” and came up with a blog by that name.  It just so happens (thank you, LORD) that her most recent post was about THE secret of successful homeschooling; nurturing relationships

Well, that is something I have NOT been doing a stellar job with, as I have been nagging the kids to do their jobs without being told, clean up, put away their stuff, get their school work done, etc., all because I feel like a complete failure.  (So nagging will help, right?)  🙂

Anyway, right after reading this, my eight year old came up to me and said, “We’re all having pudding and watching Little House on the Prairie downstairs.  Could you come and be with us?”  Okay.  Time to test the theory.

I said, “Umm.  Sure.”  (I had been planning on spending this time getting ready for school tomorrow.)

I went downstairs, and the other kids commented, “You’re going to SIT with us?  Oh, good!”  And there was no end of cheerful chatter and discussion that continued even after the show was over.  The kids even suggested we just sit in the living room and talk until Scott got home at 10:00 pm. 

So as it turns out, my kids like me and think I’m the best mom in the world!  I’ll trade that anyday for being the best instructor and administrator, and who knows, maybe they’ll learn more tomorrow because they feel loved and valued by their teacher!

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Beautiful testimony! I agree wholeheartedly 🙂

    In 20 years, they might not remember who the 24th President was, but they WILL remember this wonderful time together. They will have experienced Matthew 19:13-14–a mom who has time for her children, not just chores.

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  2. My dear Debbie, be blessed in your mothering today as you enjoy your lovely children.

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  3. Debbie, You encourage me with your beautiful heart and desire to be all that God wants you to be. When we feel defeated and weak, I think chances are pretty good that the Enemy is feeling threatened and is attacking us in our vulnerable places and telling us lies. You are a wonderful mom and a wonderful teacher and that is the truth.

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    • You might be right, Tonya (about the Enemy), and I find that very encouraging; I should try to remember that in the future! YOU are an example to me of someone who keeps on going, even when life gets hard!

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