Dear Struggling Homeschooling Mama,
I know you, I am you. I struggle every day. Did you know that? I only tell you about the good, but what you don’t know is that I don’t want to get up in the morning. I want to sleep in, past 9 in the morning. That blanket is just too warm. Do you feel the same way?
I have great plans for each day, but you know what? Those plans hit the fan when the kids wake up. They don’t want to do the lesson plan for the day, they don’t want to do their chores. All they want to do is go outside and play. How can I be that mean mom and not let them go outside and play with friends? Tell me you feel the same way. Tell me I am not alone in the struggle.
I have a battle when I mention school. I have meltdowns when I say worksheets. Am I alone? I don’t think so, even if I feel like it.
Tell me that you feel this way. Tell me that you feel stressed to get it all done in the day. Tell me that your kids argue with you most days. This will help me feel more normal.
I try to tell you the good. I try to tell you what is “perfect” in our homeschool. But that is just what I tell you. I struggle just as much as you. My days are a battle against the clock and the kids. Today I tell you the truth. I am telling you about the late nights and early mornings.
Guess what mama? You are not alone. All these blogs you read about those perfect homeschool, they are only telling you about the good. They don’t tell you about those struggles. Those days of not wanting to do anything other than sit and play on Pinterest. Those blogs don’t come down to earth and say you are normal.
Today I am doing just that. I am telling you I like Facebook and Pinterest more than I like fighting my kids to get their school done. I like to see my kids smile more than I like to argue with them about finishing that worksheet. I like cuddling with them at bedtime instead of sitting up and writing for you (sorry, I love my kids more than I love you).
Mama, those days at the park are days filled with fun. Your kids will remember them more than they will remember you making them do their worksheets. Take the time to step back and be a mama. A loving mama who says forget you world! A mama who cares more about their kids than they do about the next big blog post or homework assignment.
You are doing awesome if your kids are smiling. You are doing your best if you make them 3 meals, even if all three are cereal! You are showing them that it is ok to be less than perfect. That being human is better than being perfect.
Mama, you rock! Look those kids in the eyes and smile with them. Laugh with them. Play with them. They are only young once and school is easy to do while having fun! Focus on the fun and they will learn as you go.
Don’t worry about being perfect mama, no one is. Not even those that you follow on social media. No one has the best of days every day. Houses are messy and lesson plans go in the trash, but our kids still learn and they definitely have fun! That should be your only goal…to have fun! The good Lord will take care of the rest!
Mama smile and I will smile with you, knowing that we are in the same daily struggle!