The truth is, you are not a mom fail! Moms expect way too much of themselves, and I think homeschool moms expect even more of themselves than they should.
The Truth: You Are Not a #MomFail
You are not a mom fail when …
- you find yourself yelling at your kids
- you had a bad homeschool day and didn’t get much done
- the laundry is piled up into mount washmore
- there are dirty dishes in the sink
- your child hasn’t finished the entire math text by June
- your homeschool room doesn’t look like the ones on Pinterest
- you don’t have a homeschool room
- your child doesn’t behave perfectly in public
I probably don’t share our struggles here as much as I should. The truth is, we do struggle at times. Sometimes my kids don’t understand a math concept. I do yell at times. My kids are usually excellent at getting chores done around the house, but sometimes they forget. Even though we read aloud to him often when he was young, my son isn’t an avid reader. I work from home full time these days doing freelance writing and editing, so it can be difficult to keep up with homemaking – the clean laundry often doesn’t find its way into drawers.
Try to keep things in perspective. A gratitude journal or everyday miracle jar can help you focus on the positive. Yes, it’s all too easy to get sucked into focusing on the negative, so we have to remind ourselves – often.
Taking time to read books can also help. I like to read at least one homeschooling book and one parenting book each year. Not only do books help me keep things in perspective, but they also help me with new coping mechanisms for those less than perfect days.
Extend the same grace to yourself that you would extend to any other mom. When you’re chatting with one of your friends who is having a hard time in her home or homeschool, what is your advice? Odds are that you tell them things aren’t so bad, they aren’t a mom fail, and they’re doing a good job. Take this to heart yourself!
Love, Luck &