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My Battle with the Homeschool Mom Comparison Trap

My Battle with the Homeschool Mom Comparison Trap

SHARON’S BLOG

I was drowning. I needed help. My joy over homeschooling was robbed because I kept comparing myself to other homeschool moms.

 

My comparison battle

As a homeschool mom, I compared myself with other homeschool families. You know what I mean: reading levels and SAT scores of other children,

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Poignant Christmas Memories

Poignant Christmas Memories

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Do you have Christmas season memories you hold dear? Here are a few of mine:

The year my mother saved her hard-earned cake-decorating money to buy a sewing machine for me when I was a college freshman. Little did I know that I would use that machine to sew little outfits for my firstborn son and to teach my daughter how to sew on it. In fact, she has it now.

The year we skipped Christmas.

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Homeschool Mom, You Are Amazing

Homeschool Mom, You Are Amazing

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I just finished watching my two young granddaughters for five hours, and right now, my brain is a little scrambled. But I want to tell you something.

We played Go Fish. We brushed our teeth. A few of us cried upon occasion. We pretended that we were

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Declaration of Dependence: Teen Maturity

Declaration of Dependence: Teen Maturity

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Your son is eleven years old. He wishes he could play ball as well as his dad does, and he hugs you freely. Your daughter is ten. She loves to look through your jewelry box, and she plays up to her dad.

Now jump ahead a few years to a time when your kids will no longer regard you as perfect. Your son is 17 and chafes at having to obey you and do his school. Your daughter is 16 and spends more time on her mobile device than it took you to deliver her.

These can be painful days for us—days when we feel our teens pulling away from us in their quest for independence.

They have a surprise coming.

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Slowing Down Is Not a Sin

Slowing Down Is Not a Sin

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When our oldest son was almost five years old, my husband and I met some neighbors in the hallway of our apartment building.  After we introduced ourselves, one neighbor looked at our son and said, “So this is Hurry Up Benny!” It seems that the only thing we had ever said in that resonating hallway was “Hurry up, Benny!” on the way from our door to the car.

Do you have many activities that keep you rushing from the door to the car? Is your time being gobbled up by the restless speed of your life? Do you find yourself saying,

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My End-of-School “Whew!” Moment

My End-of-School “Whew!” Moment

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The following isn’t about the end of my teaching year but the end of my career as a homeschool mom. I wrote this when my youngest was 17 years old. She’s now almost 30, but the feelings are just as strong.

The end of the school year is fast approaching, and many of us believe it cannot get here soon enough. Others might be graduating students this year and are hit with feelings of pride and grief. I want to share an end-of-school-year “whew!” moment that I experienced. Has this been your experience as well?

Here’s what I wrote when my daughter was finishing her junior year:

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Feel Inadequate as a Homeschool Teacher? You Might Be Surprised!

Feel Inadequate as a Homeschool Teacher? You Might Be Surprised!

SHARON’S BLOG

Do you remember those organized desks and huge blackboards from your school days, and do you feel inadequate that you do your school at a kitchen table? Did you use a large, up-to-date microscope in your old biology class but now feel scientifically deficient because you have a child’s version for your little school? Do you imagine professionals teaching daily in your local school—and agonize over the educational experience you are giving your children?

I homeschooled for eighteen years, and there was not one year in which I felt I was totally doing it “right.” I always felt inadequate. On some level I always wondered if my kids could have gotten a better education somewhere else. With logic, I can look back and assure myself that I have given my three children a very good education and a safe and spiritual environment. I was not a slacker: All of my students scored higher than the national average on their SAT scores. My brain pats me on the back and assures me that I ran a good race, but my heart still stumbles with thoughts of inadequacy and failure.

And I did fail in some things. Here are a few.

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