Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Are we failing in Homeschooling?

As a mom, we are always doubting ourselves. We question if everything we do is good enough. We wonder if we've made the right decisions, disciplined our children the right way, loved them enough, etc...

But as a homeschool mom, I think we doubt ourselves even more. Am I teaching them the right subjects? Am I training them the right way? Are they where they should be in what they are learning? Are they behind? Am I failing them as a teacher? Am I failing them as a mom? Should I be tougher on them? Am I teaching them the right way? Would they be better off in public school?

It's good to ask ourselves these questions from time to time to make sure we are on the right track. BUT we need to make sure we aren't overly critical of ourselves & our teaching. If we are, we set ourselves up for depression & burnout!

I hit such a time this week. I went into panic mode. I was second guessing everything I've ever taught my kids & every lesson plan I have in place. Yes, I have some things I need to work on with our schedule & our curriculum.  BUT it's not hopeless & I've not damaged my kids by them being a little behind in some areas. I felt that way though.

Thankfully, God has given me a wonderful hubby who calmed me down & helped me see it WOULD be okay! Yes, we are behind. No, he didn't know I was concerned, but he had been too. Yes, we would get through this. It's a rough patch. We all hit them.

The next step it to step back! We need to evaluate where we are. We need to evaluate where we feel we should be. It's possible when we evaluate we may find out that we aren't as bad off as we thought. We need to pray for direction on where God wants us to be going.

I'm sharing this so that other homeschool moms will know that it's ok to hit a rough patch. We aren't perfect! We all struggle! Let others know you are struggling so they can be praying. Ask for help. Ask for advice. Don't be like me & try to do it alone!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Some Background Information!

I thought I'd share with you a little more about us!

My Hubby, Jeff & I have been married for 20 years. We have 3 kids. Our oldest daughter is 10. We started homeschooling her when she was a preschooler. She has a severe peanut & tree nut allergy which is one of the reasons we decided to homeschool her. Our boy is 7. Our youngest daughter is 5.

We decided to homeschool for several reasons. We wanted to give our kids an education that was suited for them & their learning styles. We wanted them to succeed in school. We felt we could help them do that by teaching them at home. We also wanted to give them a godly world view which is something they could not get in public school.

We love the flexibility of homeschooling. We are night owls here & with homeschooling we can start school later in the day. Also, my hubby travels a lot for work. Because we homeschool, we can pack up & go with him. We do school in hotels. We have gotten to visit places we otherwise would not be able to. We've had some awesome field trips.

That's all I have for tonight. Feel free to comment! We love hearing from you. If you have questions, ask! If you have ideas/subjects for our podcast, please comment with them. Look for more posts soon!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Welcome to our Blog!

Hi! My Name is Lea. My hubby Jeff & I homeschool our 3 kids. Not only do we homeschool, but we have a podcast dedicated to homeschooling. Our podcast, the Uniquely Us Homeschool Podcast, can be found on iTunes or at

I plan to use this blog as a place to talk more about each episode of our podcast. I also want to post about our homeschool, what we do each week, challenges we face & victories we experience. 

Homeschooling is a journey! It is a way of life. I hope you will join us on our journey!