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Homeschooling Truths for those Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days

Homeschooling Truths for those Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days.

Our day was rough from the get-go with a few of my children having less than desirable attitudes towards schooling.

My eight year old who is recovering from a cold and did not sleep well due to coughing; was crabby this morning.

My twelve-year-old son reported that he’d rather be shooting his Nerf gun at his five sisters rather than be schooling.

And at one point, all six of my children were requesting me for various things.

Rachel: “Mom, I need help wif my reading pwogram on the ‘puter.” (She is my five year old who would rather be playing with her farm animals and tractor than do schooling on some days.)

Kelsey: “Mom, I may need all of your attention today. ” (She is the one recovering from a cold and a bit crabby.)

Ashley: “Mom, I need your help with a few questions. Please, I can’t go on without your help. (This is my Little Miss Perfect, who likes to be right.all.of.the.time)

Danny: “Why can’t I just shoot my gun right now? Why did you take it away? (My reluctant learner of the day)

Katie: “Mom, did you grade my lessons from yesterday?”(Not a morning person)

The phone rang at that moment. The kids love these distractions because they think Mom will be gone for a while. But they don’t realize it just makes them work longer.

Sarah: “Mom, how do I make chicken enchiladas? What is the recipe?” (As she was standing in the kitchen trying to make our lunch)


Breathe. Take a deep breath, especially if this has happened to you.

I will admit that I cannot do everything nor be in all places at once. I admit that I was frustrated at that moment that it was all happening. However, when you are a homeschooling family there is no escape from crabby kids or unwilling students.

If it’s one thing that I have learned in six short months of homeschooling children, and that is conflict will occur and there will be days that much learning does not happen.

You will have those days when you are frustrated, overwhelmed, angry, and at a loss as to what to do.

And as a parent I could easily say “I don’t want to homeschool you anymore, it is too hard” or I could yell and lose my temper.

Yet in these moments you can find peace, serve with joy, and move on with your day.

You can go from having a terrible, horrible, no good very bad day, to a day with a beautiful ending.

Homeschooling Truths for those Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Days.

1. Those moments can become teachable moments that allow us to teach about the love of our Creator as we practice forgiveness.

2. There will be times that your help is needed in more than two places at once, and this can become a moment to teach your children patience and independence.

3. Use those moments to practice endurance as you encourage your child to stay focused, work hard, and not give up.

4. You can use those ugly moments where you have messed up and made mistakes to stop what you’re doing to face your child, ask for their forgiveness, and humble yourself.

5. There will be days that you have to remind yourself that academics are less of a priority as you work at encouraging the heart of your child. The heart of a child should always come first before schooling. Unless you can reach your child, you cannot teach your child.

How Did Our Day End?

Currently, all but one child is currently done with their schooling, so I am working with him on measuring the surface area of different geometric figures.

Meanwhile, my two youngest daughters have migrated to the warmest part of the house to play with farm animals in a Barbie house and a Dora the Explorer house with a mixture of Polly Pocket furniture and Little People figurines.

My sixteen year is belting out 80’s tunes at the top of her lungs while cleaning her room.

Her fourteen-year-old and ten-year-old sisters are playing educational games on the computers for their free time.

And the dog is snoring as she takes her pre-nap prior to her long afternoon nap.

The sun is shining in warming up the outside to a high of 20 degrees and it is brightening our spirits at the same time.

Dear sweet Mama’s, we are certain to have tough days in our homeschooling and in parenting, but it does not mean that the entire day will go that way.

As a mother, you wield major influence over the lives of your children and the truth is you are wonderfully equipped to be the greatest teacher they ever have.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat of its fruit. Prov. 18:21 (NIV)

Every wise woman encourages and builds up her family, but a foolish woman over time will tear it down by her own actions. Prov. 14:1

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