Finding grace for yourself as a homeschool mom can be a difficult feat. Read on to discover how you can learn to give yourself grace as you round out the end of an exciting year of homeschooling.
Grace for the Homeschool Mom at the End of the School Year
Now is the time when you start looking back at everything you and your children have done over the past school year. The last month is usually a time of reflection of the good, the bad, and the improvements you want to make for the next year. It can be easy to find the faults in your performance, but remember that grace for the homeschool mom is important.
Give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done. You survived the year, and your children are smarter and better little people because of it. The following are some tips on how to find grace at the end of another year of homeschooling.
NO SUCH THING AS FAILURE
I know how easy it is to think back and recount the entire year’s accomplishments as you start wrapping up your school year. And a little nagging voice may tempt you to think you failed your kids because you didn’t do enough as a homeschool mom.
That’s not the voice to listen to! You haven’t failed your kids! You’ve done your best and learned from what didn’t work and what did work!
That’s called gaining experience while living life with your favorite people, and there’s likely more progress made than you give yourself credit for!
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FORGET THE “SHOULD’VEs”
We moms have a hard time turning off the dialogue in our heads that plays all the “should’ves” on repeat! “Should’ve read more, should’ve done more science experiments, should’ve covered xyz in history because we’ve been on this subject matter for TWO years! Should’ve contacted that doctor or therapist sooner. Think of all the progress my kid could’ve made if we started OT LAST year!”
OK, mama, time to reframe this! You DID snuggle up and read to your kids or provide an audiobook, you DID explore and learn science this year, and you DO care for your kids EVERY day! Doctor appointments and therapy sessions will happen in the right time. Remember what you DID do this year! You are awesome! Don’t dwell on the ‘should haves’ but rather on the ‘did dos’.
COUNT THE WINS
Take a moment to remember something that was a struggle for your kiddo at the beginning of the year. Have they mastered it? Or at least made improvements? Maybe or maybe not, and that is totally okay! You’ve provided the place to learn in a safe and loving environment and at their own pace! That is a HUGE win for you and your kiddo!
Has your struggling learner made it through even just one reading, writing, or math lesson without tears? Celebrate that win!! Wins don’t have to be big to celebrate; the small ones are worth celebrating too. And although small in your mind, they might be big to your child.
We may not see the results in our kids learning experience that we envisioned when we started this homeschooling journey, but the emotional security we bring to the table is a big deal.
Your kids will grow and learn in their timing! Progress is progress, no matter the rate of speed! Keep encouraging your kids to count their own wins and celebrate their steps in progress!
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You are an amazing mom! What you are doing is seen and matters. You are your child’s best teacher and no other teacher will ever love and care about your child as much as you do. You’ve got this! God gave this child(ren) to you and He equipped you for this journey!! Don’t ever forget that.