There are two questions I am asked all the time. “What is my biggest homeschool regret?” and “What is my greatest homeschool victory?” After 13 years, here are my honest answers!
My Biggest Homeschool Regret
My biggest regret has been the same for years.
I regret every single time I started doubting my decision to homeschool and my ability to do it well, and instead, fell back on my background as a public school teacher and gifted intervention specialist. Comparing my homeschool to a classroom never worked or helped anything for me or my kiddos. Yet, I continued to intermittently doubt myself and pull back from what I know to be most effective – an interest-led and strength based approach.
I wish I had allowed myself to be more relaxed and embrace the wonder and joy of learning, instead of getting caught up in worry and comparison.
This regret reminds me how important it is for all of us to lean into who our children are and following their lead in their learning.
My Greatest Homeschool Victory
It is more important to me that we celebrate our victories as homeschool parents, than to spend too much time focusing on our regrets and doubts. With this in mind, here what I consider to be my greatest victory:
Trusting my kids and learning into a lifestyle of learning.
Interestingly enough, this is the inverse of my regret!
Time and time again, I have been amazed at how much we actually accomplish and learn in our homeschool when I allow my kids to be the people they are, instead of forcing some idea of who I think they should be . I have tried to do this consistently and, truth be told, I think I have been able to let go and lean in it more often than not.
I consider this an absolute success in my life as a homeschool mom.
The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast Episode #180 – My Biggest Homeschool Regret (And My Greatest Victory)
Join me in today’s episode of The Raising Lifelong Learners Podcast as I discuss my biggest regret, my greatest victory, and so much of what I have learned along the way.
Links And Resources From Today’s Show:
- SPONSOR: CTC Math
- The Learner’s Lab, a Raising Lifelong Learners community created just for your quirky family!
- Interest-Led Learning In The Early Years: Preschool and Beyond
- Interest Led Homeschooling: Helping Your Child Find Their Interests
- Homeschooling High School With Interest-Led Learning
- The Powerful Relationship Between Confidence And Learning In Our Homeschools
- RLL 35: What This Homeschool Mom Doesn’t Do
- RLL #40: Self-Directed Homeschooling High School with Trevor Kessler
- Homeschooling High School Isn’t Something To Fear
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