This may just be the year that homeschooling does me in. I’ve had to call in reinforcements (my husband) to help me with not only our eldest, but our two youngest.
Let me preface my rant by saying that I have three beautiful and creative children and I love them dearly. But sometimes, love isn’t enough – grace is required. I am very thankful to be swimming in God’s grace today, because I would probably have drowned a long time ago in the vast ocean that is called homeschooling.
I live in a house full of emotional children who raise their voices in frustration and resort to crying instead of digging their heels in and trying to learn. I am not very tolerant of those tears, either. Lord help me, I don’t want to raise a bunch of whiny quitters. But I’m seriously at my wits end. Every time I make the attempt to throw out a lifeline or an aid, one of my children rejects the help and continues to flail and flounder.
Of course, I do take full responsibility for this. I am quite sure they are simply modeling what they have seen me do (as far as raising my voice – I don’t typically resort to crying). And I hate it. I really do, because I know that they are all capable of so much more, as am I.
I think a homeschool intervention is needed. Or a summer break. Something…before I lose my everlivin’ mind.
These are things many homeschoolers don’t talk about, because it makes us look bad. Well, it’s no lie that every day is not a picnic when you homeschool…your kids don’t always love it, and you certainly don’t always get everything done that you set out to accomplish.
However, I do not believe this is a homeschooling issue so much as a heart issue. I’m not sure how to get our family back on track and get our attitudes right about homeschooling and loving one another.
I’m feeling some frustration and in dire need of a new point of view. Anyone out there with any ideas?