When Homeschooling is a Buzzkill


We're just warming up here on HomeschoolingIRL, but already our most popular episode by far is Homeschooling is a Buzzkill. Honestly, I'm not all that surprised. I've spent the last 8 years blogging for homeschooling moms over at Preschoolers and Peace, and I've spoken at dozens of homeschooling conventions. There isn't a week that goes by that some weary mama doesn't approach me in person, via email, or on social media with that familiar catch in her voice. 

And very often, tears. 

Most of us will tell you that homeschooling is the hardest thing we've ever done. Some homeschoolers don't love having to teach the academics, but most of us feel like it's the intensity of relationships that wear us out and force us to look inward at our own frailties and failures. It's not easy.

In those moments when I stand in my closet and tell God I'm done, I give myself the freedom to be brutally honest, both to Him and to me. This homeschooling? It's a buzzkill.

And right now is about the time in a blog post where I should be telling you it's all worth it, right? I will. It is. But almost the worst thing to me is when I am struggling through the difficulties of something and someone else comes along to tell me to "buck up!" and realize what a big, important job I'm doing. Sometimes, I just want someone to recognize my struggle.

So here it comes, the encouraging end of the post: tell yourself the truth. In the noisy, hectic mornings, the long afternoons, the wearisome evenings with a fussy baby and dinner on the stove, tell yourself the truth. Homeschooling is hard, God has your back, and you are loved.