Are you freaking out about the school year? What will it look like? How will you manage? How can you possibly make it work? With masks and social distance at school? With homeschooling for real for the first time? With managing your kids’ remote learning while also working and running your household? With … you fill in the blank with your own anxiety-producing scenario?
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“Whenever you are making important decisions, you will find peace by connecting with God about them. Bring your worries and dilemmas to prayer and ask God for wisdom and guidance.”
If you are wondering if homeschooling, or some hybrid of homeschooling and traditional schooling can work for you, I have some thoughts to offer.
- Know that there is not “one right way” or perfect choice.
Every form of education will have its pros and cons, costs and benefits. There is no perfect way to educate your kids.
- Make a reasonable commitment.
Especially during these uncertain times, you should probably make a commitment to homeschooling (or whatever your choice might be) for one semester or one school year at a time. Give yourself the peace that comes from knowing you can change your mind if it does not work out.
- Make sure you are praying!
Whenever you are making important decisions, you will find peace by connecting with God about them. Bring your worries and dilemmas to prayer and ask God for wisdom and guidance.
- Be on the same page as your spouse.
You do not want to take on an enormous and stressful new thing while at odds with your husband about it. Talk with him and get his input and advice, Make sure he is supportive of what you are planning and, even if he does not say what you want him to, know that his advice might be part of how God is guiding you.
- Remember that each of your kids is different.
One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can tailor your children’s education to their learning styles, strengths and weaknesses. You do not need to make the same choices for all of your kids.
- Find out your options.
There may be a hybrid of homeschooling and traditional schooling that will work well for you. There may be a homeschool co-op or a “pod” of students near you that can relieve you of some of the burdens of homeschooling. Find out what your options are and be flexible!
A previous podcast I recorded on a similar topic is How to Make SChooling Choices For Your Kids.
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A writer, speaker, wife, and mother, Danielle helps women from all walks of life discover their dignity and worth so they can find peace, balance, and joy in family living. Danielle has been married to her husband Dan for 23 years, and together they have eight amazing children. Currently, Danielle serves as brand manager at CatholicMom.com and host of The Gist, a talk show for women on CatholicTV.
Danielle’s books include, You Are Enough: What Women of the Bible Teach You About Your Mission and Worth and Momnipotent: The Not-so Perfect Guide to Catholic Motherhood, as well as her latest book, Giving Thanks and Letting Go: Reflections on the Gift of Motherhood.
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