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Decided to Homeschool but Super Scared?

mother reading to daughter outdoors, motherhood, readingHave you decided to homeschool but are super scared to do so?

Here are a few thoughts and tips to help you overcome your doubts and launch into the amazing, one-of-a-kind experience known as homeschooling:

1-    You are doing the BEST thing ever for your family! If you feel called to homeschool, want to homeschool, and are committed to homeschool, you can be successful. Your family will flourish. You will reap benefits you never knew were out there.

2-    Homeschooling is not always going to be easy but will 100 percent be worth it!

3-    Align yourself with like-minded, positive people. Avoid naysayers and critical people who sap your energy.

4-     Relax! Teaching your child is a natural extension of mothering.

5-    When you make a mistake (at some point you will- we all do) don’t over fret. Just make adjustments/corrections and move forward. One of the great benefits of homeschooling is adjusting as you go, and tailoring your curriculum and method to the individual child.

6-    Remember that even the best, most experienced teacher does not know your child nor love your child like you do. This is a huge advantage you have and will buoy you through the biggest challenges.

7-    Academic success and excellence is often the result of homeschooling, but remember the higher goals- to help your child develop character and integrity, and to know, love and serve the Lord.

8-    Pray for guidance and ask your husband for his ideas and suggestions too. Dads have different perspectives than moms, and he may have an insight you do not.

9-    Find a real life mentor mom, a real Titus 2 * woman. Her wisdom will help you through any rough spots or uncertainties.

10- YOU CAN DO IT! If you need help specifically with discernment or curriculum, click here.

Homeschooling just might be one of the best decisions of your life. It was for me!

*Titus 2: 3:   “…older women should be reverent in their behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to drink, teaching what is good, so that they may train younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, chaste, good homemakers, under the control of their husbands, so that the word of God may not be discredited.”


Theresa Thomas lives in northern Indiana with her husband David and their nine children. She can be reached at TheresaThomasEveryDayCatholic@gmail.com. She is the author (with Patti Maguire Armstrong) of  Stories for the Homeschool Heart the About.com winner of the best Catholic book of 2010, available from Bezalel Books.


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