As homeschooling parents, we can get a little off-kilter about our children’s education. We are tempted by sparkling new curricula and we ask ourselves if we are doing enough.
We want to do better. We’ll be more organized. We’ll do all the things, and all the therapies, and all the rehabilitation activities, and join all the groups.
Instead, I ask you to take a deep breath.
Each time you’re distracted by [seemingly] greener grass across the street, ask yourself:
What is it all for?
Go back to your “why” for homeschooling and with each new activity, ask yourself what the end goal is.
- How will coloring 20 red apple pictures today serve my child in 20 years?
- How will putting together a ginormous diorama today serve my child when I’m no longer around?
- How will rewarding my child with stickers each time they do something “good” serve them when no one is around to cheer them on?
I’m not saying not to color apple pictures, reward your child, or create dioramas. (I mean, who doesn’t love a good diorama every now and again?) I’m bringing your attention to the” why” of everything you do.
When you look at the end goal, you will likely find that you have enough curricula for a lifetime, you probably over-plan, and you’re focusing on minutiae that won’t serve your child in the long run.
So, what’s your end goal?