The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: {Adventures in Homeschooling} — 34 Comments

  1. After 23 years of home schooling I can so relate…I did a post this month on the Reluctant Teacher…and yet, through all the years and all the struggles…God is faithful….enjoy the journey as you see Him teach you both and you reap your obedience

  2. You made me smile this morning. I realized I’m not alone in my struggle. I’ve just started homeschooling my eleven-year-old son this semester. I work full-time, but I have the luxury (and challenge) of working from home. Yesterday: mom, can you help with my spelling? Me: I’m working. My son: but you’re my teacher. The Lord is growing us both in this. In Him, Heather

    • Oh Heather, I am so thankful you found me. And that I’ve found you! I totally get that…having to balance all of the hats we wear. Thankfully I work at my church and can bring my daughter with me on a few days and supervise her work. I hope to post on my homeschooling adventures at least every couple of weeks. I hope you will follow along. Do you have a blog? I would love to visit. But for now, I am off to check out your Facebook page.

  3. You’ve voiced the concerns and snags most homeschool moms face each and every day. Don’t give up. Stay the course. We’ve been doing this for 19 years and it’s amazing how God is so faithful to get us through each year, minute by minute.

  4. i love how you are willing to put it all out there. it seems like homeschooling definitely is sanctifying in a lot of ways. i can’t imagine all the patience it must require. we will always keep homeschooling an option in our family. excited to see where the Lord leads us in that decision as the time comes!

    • I am definitely being refined and sanctified! I am changing things up a bit. I think a light bulb went on. Look for a future post, my next installment in my adventure!

  5. Not an easy task, Barbie! I homeschooled all my kids (20+ years) and the last 2, with our youngest, I was working full time. I can’t imagine trying to START homeschooling while working. How does your daughter feel about being home schooled this year? I know it helped us that Josiah wanted to be at home. I’ll be praying for you!

    • My daughter wants to home school. She just doesn’t like school in general and has poor study habits. I am changing some things up a bit. Hopefully it will make things go a little smoother.

  6. Barbie-Whoa. You are trying to accomplish a lot! Since I am new to your blog (thanks Veronica!) I don’t know the back story of your decision, but I admire you for trying to do what is right for your daughter. Hang in there! I bet you will be great at it when you get all the kinks worked out. Have you checked out lifeingrace blog? She is a homeschooling mom who seems to have it all together. It is fun to get glimpses of their days together. Best of luck!

    • Thank you Susan! It’s been rough, but I will be making some changes to hopefully make our days go a little smoother. I will definitely check out that blog you mentioned. Thank your or following along in my journey.

  7. Barbie, you and I are so much alike, I think. I have a strong willed, very smart, spirited 7yr old. I too, try to control her, not to steal her spirit but because I’m afraid of letting her potential go to waste. I’m afraid she’ll get bored in school. I’m afraid she’ll focus too much on socializing and not enough on learning. I’m afraid she’ll drift away from the teachings of God that I work so hard to instill in her. Motherhood is hard. Everyday is a new challenge and a new learning experience for me as a mom. I have often thought about how much I’d love to homeschool my kiddos. My husband is not on board with that idea right now. Maybe one day he’ll have a change of heart. Maybe not. I think you’re doing a really admirable thing in homeschooling her and trying to build a closer relationship with her. It’s a fine line we walk as moms. We have to remember no matter how much we try to control the situation or our children, we can’t. Control is only an illusion. I’m trying to work on accepting and growing rather than trying to control. It’s hard! I’ll pray for you. Will you pray for me? 🙂

    • I will certainly pray for you my friend. I keep asking God to take away my need to control. I’ve seen it happen to my oldest two, and now the younger too. Whatever that root is, I want it gone. Blessings for a beautiful week my friend.

  8. I think you’re brave Barbie. I can’t imagine homeschooling my daughter. I, like you, would struggle with pointing out what is wrong. I often catch myself wanting to point out the negative (I guess that was done to me). It is a conscious effort to just bite my tongue and move on without everything looking “just so” …

    I pray God will order your steps and bring a sweetness between you and your daughter.

    God bless you on this adventure.


  9. Oh, Barbie, I wish I had some words for you but I know absolutely nothing about homeschooling. I don’t know that I could have ever done it and I have the deepest admiration for those Moms that do. But, I do know that the Lord cares very deeply about the situation and He wants it to go smoothly and not be an endurance contest for you and your daughter. I pray the way will get easier and you will begin to feel good about things and find “joy in this journey.” Blessings my friend!

  10. I just want to encourage you to keep on keeping on. Keep your eyes on Jesus for the good days and the bad. You are doing a wonderful thing for your children by homeschooling them.

  11. Although I don’t have any children, I have just been in awe of all the homeschooling mothers I have discovered across blog land. I can’t imagine the disciple it takes to undergo such an endeavor. I appreciate you giving others a glimpse of the not so pretty side of homeschooling.

  12. I’ve had many days like that. It’s tempting to want to quit. I remind myself that homeschool is different from other school settings, we can do school on the weekends, we can spread it out to do it year round, they can learn at their own pace. Praying for you for grace, wisdom and peace. Blessings!

    • Thank you Christina. Because I am under the covering of a private school PSP, they do not allow us to count days on weekends, although I am sure I could do them and swap them out. Also, year round school is not an option under the PSP. I am sure God will provide the way.

  13. I am just on the verge of tears, in awe of your vulnerability, your openness with your struggle. Your relationship with your daughter sounds like mine with my oldest son, Jeremiah. Almost to a T.
    I am praying for you sweet Mama! Sometimes the best thing we can do is just keep picking ourselves back up each time we fall, resting on the enduring strength of Jesus to push us on.
    Much love, Marybeth

  14. Wow! And all these things you’ve stated I have done also. We are in our 9th year of home schooling and there are now so many positive things I have learned. Keep up the good work.

  15. I feel as though I could have written some of this post, Barbie. I brought my 9yo daughter home this year, and every day has been some kind of struggle. I have no wise words, but do know that we can pray each other through it; which is what I will do for you. 🙂 Hang in there, and thanks for sharing your heart.

  16. Hi Barbie,
    I sure do have those days and I have so wanted to quit schooling my son. He has a mind of his own and sure does not like to obey rules. :s I can totally relate to you and I can give you encouragement. Keep going!! Don’t give up, for there is always a new day with a new slate. A fresh start. One thing I appreciate about home schooling is the schedule can be flexible and if need be you can go through the summer months.

    I wish I knew of home schooling blogs but the only two I am familiar with is Finding Joy and Ordinary Mom, and I believe you read these two already. If I see any that look good I will pass on the info. to you.

    Keep at it. I know you both will do fine.

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