Sunday, August 7, 2011


You have probably figured out from your reading that there is no “right way” or “wrong way” to homeschool your family.  In fact, there are as many styles of homeschooling as there are families who do it!  In the beginning of the road to homeschooling, these statements scare the heck out of you!   Later, they will comfort, encourage, and sustain you.  Promise.

You will find books by many leaders in the homeschooling field who seem to have “answers”…and many things that they have to say are very sound and helpful.  Of course, the truth is somewhere in the spaces.  Somewhere in there is the space that works for you and your children.

Whether or not you have determined what style of homeschooler you are, there is one thing that we all have in common.  We all love our children and are striving to do the right things for them.  All of us spend many hours agonizing over this decision and came to this decision due to strong conviction.  Trust that.  Even if you can’t put it into words immediately when being asked, you have reasons and they are valid.

For this post in the ENCOURAGEMENT department, I have five words for you.  Words that I believe with my whole heart.  Words you can tape on your refrigerator.  Words you can remind yourself anytime the anxiety hits.  Words that live at the heart of being a parent:


You CAN trust yourself to do the very best that you can do in any given moment.  You will change, improve, add, subtract, move forward, continue to learn, and you will make mistakes!  And in each moment, you will do the very best that you know how to do in the moment.  And that is OK!

And Trust your children because they will learn.  They ARE learning!  They learn while they are playing, sitting quietly, riding in the car, or are frustrated with the correct way to hold a pencil.  They are learning every moment.  This is good.  This is as it should be.

You can do this.

You are a very capable adult and you can do this

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