The curriculum you picked is beautiful, but feels overwhelming.
And yet, you still have the feeling you’re not doing enough.
You spend hours grading and not enough of the cozy, carefree time you looked forward to when you started.
Promised field trips and playdates never happen, because you’re worried they’ll get further behind if you take time off.
Your kids are fighting with each other all the time and you don’t know what to do.
You spend more time lecturing them about how to respond appropriately to their mother than you do connecting with them.
And every time you turn around the toddler is on the top of the refrigerator.
You feel guilty whenever you see the stack of unfinished, overdue read-alouds.
You’re trying to balance the house and homeschooling, but nothing is actually getting done, at least not well.
You send your husband angry and frustrated texts all day complaining about the kid’s attitudes, to the point where he’s ready to send them to school to give you a break.
When your mom calls and wants to know what you’ve been up to all day, you’re at a loss of what to tell her, because you’re afraid of what she’ll say.
You’ve tried to implement the advice that seasoned homeschoolers give you or that you read on a blog. It worked for a little while, sort of, but then somewhere along the line it stopped working
and now you feel like you’re back at square one.
You wish you had more peace.
You wish your relationships with your kids felt more connected and less stressful.
You want to make decisions without second guessing yourself all the time.
You want to have a schedule that WORKS for your family.
You want to have systems in place to manage the stuff.
You want to have more patience so you can enjoy your kids more.
You want to laugh, play, and be present, and still get the to-do list done.
You want to be more consistent.
You want to trust yourself more.
You want to stop the negative self-talk.
You want to stop wasting money on materials, and planners, that go unused.
You want to stop wasting time researching curriculum and planners trying to get it right, when you’d rather be with your kids.
The reason that the curricula, planners, advice from bloggers, more seasoned homeschoolers, and social media groups haven’t worked for you (for more than five minutes) is that they are geared only toward teaching you their strategy.
You’ve been trying to replicate what has worked for someone else.
But, you are a unique mama, with unique children, and unique circumstances.
When you learn how to think differently and gain confidence, then you stop looking to other people to tell you what to do for your family and instead you BECOME the expert.