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Mom’s Speak Out About their Greatest Struggles with Homeschooling!

Homeschooling is hard, in fact, some seasons and stages, homeschooling is STUPID hard! I’m talking all hands on deck, survival mode here! If you are feeling at the end of your rope, this post is for you! I reached out to my readers and asked them what their biggest struggles with homeschooling were! Let’s get real, let’s talk about it and stop portraying or worse yet, trying to live up to, some unrealistic expectation of perfection!

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What are some common struggles with homeschooling?

  1. Trying to occupy younger children (babies/toddlers/preschoolers) while teaching older children.
  2. Trying not to get too overwhelmed.
  3. Working and homeschooling (click here to see my top tips).
  4. Juggling housework, meals and family.
  5. Making homeschooling fun when you are a type A personality #thestruggleisreal.
  6. Not enough hours in the day to get everything done.
  7. Time management.
  8. Keeping children focused on their work.
  9. Letting go of the judgement of other, non homeschooling people…
  10. Homeschooling multiple kids at multiple learning levels
  11. Giving my children the room to fail and then learn from that fail.
  12. I have problems saying no! People think I have so much free time and I end up interfering with my school day because people ask me to do things…
  13. Staying on routine!
  14. Knowing the difference between having a bad parenting day and a bad learning day.
  15. Keeping myself happy with a HIGH energy level
  16. Choosing to do school when we are all so not in the mood to do it.
  17. Record keeping. I HATE RECORDKEEPING.
  18. Finding out what to teach and how to teach.
  19. Teaching different learning styles (to find out your child’s learning style, click here!).
  20. Staying motivated and not getting overwhelmed!
  21. The “But we did school yesterday!” syndrome (for my top tips on homeschooling the uncooperative/whiny child, click here!).
  22. Keeping my voice low and friendly when my 3 year old is loud during out loud lessons.
  23. My husband thinking that I MUST sit with our daughter all day everyday and teach her like she’s in public school.
  24. Finding a curriculum or something that will work for us for Pre-K, and getting a schedule to start (for my top preschool curriculum picks, click here!).
  25. Balance for sure. Staying home enough to get stuff done (or downtime) but also accessing all the enrichment that is offered in our city.
  26. Staying consistent.. Especially on those blah days.
  27. Staying on top of lesson plans and grading for my high schoolers. And getting them out of bed!
  28. Actually getting the year done.I like taking breaks!
  29. Trying to potty train while homeschooling.
  30. One word…..TODDLER!
  31. Keeping my patience when working on the same math problem the tenth time in a row!

I think we can all relate to some of these struggles with homeschooling. First and foremost, YOU ARE NOT ALONE! Look at all of these! These are real-life struggles with homeschooling that we face everyday! These are the things that discourage us, guilt us, derail us. And yet when I posed this question on my Facebook page, 78 homeschool moms commented and many of them are struggling with the same things that I am, that you are!

Now if you are looking for a one-stop-fix, I can’t offer you that. I can refer you to suggestions for each of these, but I would be lying if I said I have the perfect homeschool life where I am not one of these numbers. I battle these same things daily! But I can promise you a community of homeschoolers who are can relate to you, encourage you, support you when everyone else doesn’t understand! If you need a homeschool support network, PLEASE come join the Facebook group! It is private, your family and friends won’t see your posts. You can vent, ask questions, get to know other homeschoolers, and share little moments from your day! To request to join the group, CLICK HERE or go to http://facebook.com/groups/keepcalmandhomeschoolon. I’ll add you usually within a day or so and we would love to get to know you!

What are you greatest struggles with homeschooling?

I would LOVE to hear your greatest struggles with homeschooling. It gives me ideas for blog posts that will speak to you and meet you in the stage you’re at. I love to talk (can you tell?) so if you want to vent or need someone to just listen, shoot me an email at rebecca@homeschoolon.com or come visit me on Facebook.

Comments

    • Thanks Amanda! Not right now, she has been taking a break through the summer, I’m hoping she’ll be able to join us again in the fall, if not though I’ll be looking for a few more people to help host (hint hint nudge nudge)…

  1. Thanks for hosting, it’s my first time joining in. We are fairly new to home education but I’m definitely struggling with my toddler at the moment! He just tries to destroy everything his big sis is doing and isn’t old enough to join in properly with a lot of the things we do! Hopefully it will get easier in the next year or so though!

    • Hey Jess! Thanks so much for linking up! I will be checking out your post this week! Can’t wait to see it!

      Yay for new to homeschooling! My almost 2 year old is a HANDFUL too! I have a post going live on Monday about occupying a baby while you are homeschooling. Some isn’t relevant, but I got a toddler carrier (goes up to 60 pounds) she sits on my back, LOVES it back there, it is super comfortable, all the weight is on your hips. It is the best thing EVER for homeschooling!

      Thanks for commenting and I look forward to reading your post!

  2. My biggest homeschool struggle last year was juggling work and school. This year, it’s going to be entertaining my 3 yo daughter because all of her siblings will be schooling. Struggles are real.

    • YES! I hear you! My three year old and I spend about 30 minutes first thing in the morning doing our “school” (fun, puppets, alphabet stuff, coloring). It makes a HUGE difference in our day, she is much more content because she feels like she is a part of it and gets that one on one time with me! Thanks for commenting!

  3. Thank you for featuring me. It is interesting being a homeschooling stay at home dad and very rewarding. I would say my biggest challenge is Time Management. My oldest, youngest and myself are all ADD. My oldest and myself are both medicated, interestingly enough on the same medication. It takes the edge off and some days are better than others. I am always so hopeful going into a new school year that the plan will hold… My youngest, well I have taught him with him standing on his head and running laps on my couches. At some point I will probably medicate him as well but I’m going to try for another year of my bouncy grade twoer.

    • I really enjoyed your post and we always love hearing a different perspective! Time management is tough, one of my top struggles as well. For us the schedule saves us, keeps us on track! High energy and quiet school lessons don’t really coincide well do they? I don’t have ADD in my house, but my daughter is very kinesthetic, fidgety, doesn’t do well with sitting quietly for anything. I have found a few things (fidgets on her pencils, a bouncy exercise ball for her to bounce on instead of a chair, etc.) that help immensely. It is in my kinesthetic post if you search for it.

      Anyways, wishing you an amazing school year and thanks for linking up!

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