And then I got to thinking about all the moms I keep seeing in my homeschool groups who are thinking about quitting and just sending their kids to public school this year. I got to thinking about all the moms who feel like they just can't do it anymore, like they aren't enough or they aren't doing enough. And I want to encourage those moms today.
What was your motivation for homeschooling? Has it changed? If you step back for a minute and consider why you started to begin with, do those reasons still exist? If they do, what is it that is making you want to quit?
Is it because it's hard? Is it because you don't have a lot of spare time? Is it because sometimes your kids just don't listen? Is it because homeschooling costs money? Is it because you feel financial pain and just want to go get a job outside of the home?
Ok... So now think about your why again, why you chose to homeschool to begin with. Do any of those things mentioned above outweigh your why?
My point here is not to make anyone feel bad, but to really make you think. Think about your reasons before you throw in the towel. If it's hard, try harder. If you don't have spare time, become better at scheduling your time. If it is because your kids just don't listen, be the teacher they need and forget being the nice mommy for a while. If it is because homeschooling costs money, research ways to do it for free - a lot of people do this. It is possible! If it is because you feel financial pain, consider budgeting stronger or even taking up a part time work from home position.
There are options! Don't just quit. Don't just give up. If it matters to you, find a way.