In my years of homeschooling, I don’t think I have EVER heard that sentence as much as I have heard it this year. Having more opportunity to talk to other homeschool moms, I am literally shocked by the reoccurring theme (either) “I’m thinking of giving up” or “I almost gave up”. Then I remembered, when my son was in 8th grade……
I almost gave up.
Homeschool is not for the weak – actually I believe it is a calling – a calling some of us don’t realize we have, until we are in the thick of it. The homeschool road is paved with humility, servitude, challenges, and joys – but many times, the joy is at the end of the road. Every once in a while there is an encouraging glimpse of what is to come – but it is very easy to miss if we settle ourselves in discouragement.
When I almost threw in the towel, here are some things that made me change my mind:
1) I remembered my beginning. Why did I start homeschooling in the first place?
2) I asked myself “why am I considering quitting?”….which followed the next question:
3) Is there a solution to the reason I’m planning on quitting? And…do I really WANT a solution? Or am I just looking for an excuse to quit?
4) Lastly, I thought of myself 1 year down the road, as a homemaker – kids in Christian school…or me out working while my kids were in another school….And it made me panic!
After really searching myself and my situation, I knew they belonged home with me – I couldn’t give up, I had waaaay too much to lose!!!
So to the Moms that are contemplating giving up…. Don’t let it be such an easy choice… Sit down: think, pray and consider life without homeschool and ask yourself this question:
Is giving up the right option?
Sometimes you can’t let go of what’s making you sad, because it was the only thing that made you happy.