Looking back as a homeschooling parent for 31 years, I am feeling kind of introspective, and I pondered just a few things that I would do differently. Nothing huge or depressing to me, but things I can see now that I would change if given the chance again.
It’s easy to look back on our homeschooling years, and think: “I wish I had…..” But it’s also fun looking back as a homeschooling parent and being able to say “I’m glad I did.….”
Looking back as a homeschooling parent, if I had it to do over again:
1. I would say yes more often.
2. I would smile and laugh more, rather than being so intense.
3. I would try to be less idealistic, and more realistic in my expectations.
4. I would have kept “tucking” my kids in and praying with them at night all the way into and through the teen years.
5. I would work more on training the difficult child, rather than asking a more compliant child to do things to “avoid the hassle” of dealing with the difficult one.
6. I would not compare myself to other homeschooling moms, or moms in general.
7. I would judge my homeschooling success more on how much my children have learned wisdom, rather than on if they were “caught up” for their age/grade level.
8. I would remember that the time I spend daily teaching, training, and caring for the children, my husband, and our home is more important than anything I didn’t accomplish on my “to do” list.
Looking back as a homeschooling parent, I’m glad I did these things and would do them again:
1. Homeschool all the kids all the way through grade 12.
2. Spend a lot of time on Scripture memory, and character training with them.
3. Give up a good paying secular job to stay home and raise my children, and spend every day with them.
4. Correct the children with Scripture when wrong behavior was shown.
5. Seek Godly wisdom and counsel from those who are older and wiser.
The homeschooling days may seem long, but trust me when I tell you that the years go by fast! Make the most of your homeschooling years!