To The Mom Whose Kids Are Not Getting On The Big Yellow Bus

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Dear Homeschool Mom

Dear Homeschool Mom,

As we are getting ready to start our new homeschool year, there are a few thoughts that I have been pondering that I want to share with you. So this is for you – To The Mom Whose Kids Are Not Getting On The Big Yellow Bus.

 

You Got This!

I remember when I first started the journey to homeschooling. I had so much fear and uncertainty that I was capable of this calling. That I wouldn’t do a “good enough” job. That I would fail. Let me tell you, those thoughts and fears are empty because this is a CALLING! I know that this is what God has called me to do for this season of mine and my children’s life. If you are having all the anxious thoughts, let me reassure you that if God has called you to this, he will equip you with the tools you need. This journey may not be easy and filled with kids skipping through fields holding hands, but YOU CAN DO IT! There may also be days when we want our children to get on that yellow bus, but in the overall scheme of this homeschool journey, those days are really few and far between. A verse that God gave me at the very beginning of my homeschool journey was Isaiah 41:10 and I want to share that with you.

 

So do not fear, for I am with you;

Do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strenghten you and help you;

I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

 

Cling to this my friends. Don’t fear.  God is with you, and YOU GOT THIS!!!

 

Let’s Not Judge

Okay, this isn’t something I want to say, but I feel it needs to be addressed. With all of my being, I believe homeschooling is a calling and that all people are not called to it. I mean think about it, how boring would life be if we all homeschooled. Just the same as if we all attended the same church and if everyone wore the same clothing. Not very exciting, right? God has made everyone different, and I don’t think he calls everyone to homeschool.

That being said… On the first day of school in your area when your friends whose kids are getting on the big yellow bus and they are posting pictures of themselves jumping up in the air, or commenting how thankful they are, can we just not judge. I cringe when I see posts and comments in homeschool Facebook groups about how terrible that is. Instead of causing more division can we support our friends who don’t homeschool? When I see pictures like that, I don’t for one minute think they don’t love their kids or that they don’t want the best for their children. What I see is a funny Facebook post that is made to make people LOL. So laugh, support, and keep scrolling. And friends who do send their kids to school; when you see your homeschooling mom friend post a picture of her children in their pj’s for their first day of school, just laugh, hit the like button, and keep scrolling.

 

Pray, Plan, and Prepare

As we start this year there are a few action plans that we need to put in place so that we perform at the best of our ability.

 

Pray

Take the time to pray over your homeschool.  Pray for your children, pray that God would lead you in what He wants them to learn and grow in.  Also, pray for yourselves that you would be open to God’s leading and prompting in your life. Pray over your plans. Life of a Homeschool Mom is leading a 30 Days of Praying for My Homeschool Challenge on her blog and also has a private Facebook group for it.

 

Plan

Take some time to make a plan of what subjects you want to cover, and what materials you will be using.  If it is helpful, get a planner where you can track all of the information.

 

Prepare

After you have made a plan, you need to prepare.  Ensure that you have all of your materials, books, and supplies that you will need.  The worst is getting ready to do an assignment and realizing you do not have something you need to complete it.  Be Prepared.  Next week I will be posting about the Most Essential School Supplies that you as a Homeschool Mom need.  These are not for your kids – these are for you! So be sure to come back and check those out.

 

Lastly, as you are doing this – you need to remember to take care of yourself.  I wrote about self-care for the homeschool mom, so be sure to read that and make sure you are doing what you need to do to take care of yourself.

 

You Got This Homeschool Mom!  Let’s Rock This Year!!

 

To The Mom Whose Kids Are Not Getting On The Big Yellow Bus

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12 Responses

  1. Danielle
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    You for sharing your expirence and advice. It is very helpful.

  2. Ami Coote
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    Hi Heather, I don’t homeschool (I would love to but it’s not my season right now) but I really appreciate this post. There’s advice here for all parents and I love the fact that you insist on respect for all parents.

    • Heather
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      Thank you, Ami! I hear you on “season.” I always say right now this is our season. I don’t know what the future looks like, but for now, our season is homeschooling.

  3. Lori Wildenberg
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    Such solid advice. Thank you!

  4. Vera
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    You made some great points in this! Some are called and some aren’t. I know personally just working with my kids on homework is frustrating at times. But sometimes I think, wow if I was homeschooling I would do this so different than the school does. But still frustration is frustration and we need to recognize when we are not cut out for something. Thanks for being open and honest!

    • Heather
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      Thanks for stopping by Vera! That is one of the beauties of homeschooling – we get to do it our way! I always tell my friends who send kids to school, that I do not know how they deal with homework. All the power to you!!!

  5. Marisa Boonstra
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    We are in our 5th week of a new homeschool year, and I’ve wanted to put my kids on the big yellow bus a few times already. When I’m low on patience and feeling pressured because housework isn’t getting done, God always reminds me that I’m doing His work here by educating my children and He will equip me for this purpose. I do agree we shouldn’t judge one another’s character based on school choices, but I also believe that homeschooling isn’t a calling in the sense that some people just aren’t cut out for it. Every one of us is an “unlikely homeschooler”- we don’t think we have what it takes for various reasons so we may not choose to pursue it, but God gives us the strength, patience, grace, etc. for the task!

    • Heather
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      I loved this: “God always reminds me that I’m doing His work here by educating my children and He will equip me for this purpose.” Yes! Yes! Yes!! If we know in our hearts that He will equip us, why is it a {daily} struggle to think we have what it takes?! Thanks for stopping by and wow, 5th week already – way to go!!

  6. Norma Gail
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    Excellent advice! We homeschooled our son through highschool. We left our daughter in Christian school. Both were the right choices. Both have done well in life. God will guide each parent, family, and child to the right choices–not all will be the same, but we should not judge!

  7. Carrie Anderson
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    I cannot imagine what homeschooling is like. Kudos to all the homeschooling moms out there!

  8. Heidi
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    When our FB feeds are filled with first day of school photos, we usually add one of our own and thank our lucky stars that we are able to homeschool and take the time to be grateful for what we have because of homeschooling. It takes the focus off the public school kids and refocuses us on our life and our purpose.

    • Heather
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      We usually post our own picture too! Thanks for stopping by Heidi!

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