Homeschooling can be a great and wonderful experience. However, if you’re like me…there are a few things that are just not my favorite. From day to day there are things that drive me nuts or get under my skin. But, there exactly FIVE things I hate about homeschooling. ALWAYS.
1. Grading Papers – I cannot express in words how much I hate grading papers. I do try to grade the tests as they take them, so at least I have those done. But, truthfully…I have a stack of papers sitting in my file drawer waiting to be graded from this year. Somehow I have the greatest of intentions and then it suddenly spirals out of control and the next thing I know…it’s a BIG. FAT. MESS. and I’m completely overwhelmed with it all. So it just sits. And waits. Taunting me every time I look at it. Reminding me that I don’t have it all together. I may or may not have a pile of papers sitting on my side table left over from last year. Not tests. Just papers.
2. Constant Battles – Somedays are better than others, but we have little battles almost daily, especially with the younger ones. They get excited about doing some of their work, but math seems to be the end-all with them. So we struggle with the constant daily battle of being cheerful when doing our work – even if it’s not our favorite. Those days I could totally do without. They wear me out. They exhaust all my patience. They are long.
3. Not knowing how to help – Of course my kids have struggles or concepts in math they don’t understand. That’s when I take the extra time to spend one-on-one with them to explain it slowly and calmly. But sometimes even that doesn’t work. Sometimes, for whatever reason, I cannot explain it in a way they comprehend or understand. This is frustrating for both me and them. Most of the time that struggle is in math. And while I was very good at math, it’s just something I did. My husband, on the other hand, is a math whiz. He also has a gift for explaining things in a way people can understand – or figuring out a way they can understand. It’s simply magical to watch him sit and explain a concept they couldn’t understand from me. Thank goodness we’re in this together!
4. Mom v. Teacher – The struggle is real, people. I struggle with this daily. Hourly. It’s tough putting up that “mom” hat and being the teacher. I let the daily grind get to me and I react as a frustrated, tired and weary Mom – not the teacher. Several times I have stopped school and told them to refer to me as “teacher,” not Mom. I think it’s important that they understand that while I am Mom, my job at the moment is to teach them and help them learn. It’s my job to tell them when the answer is wrong – not because I don’t love them, but because I do. They don’t understand why Mom has to tell them when the problem is wrong or their handwriting needs to be corrected. It’s a thin line to walk between Mom and Teacher. We just work through it slowly and consistently. I remind them that I am so proud of their hard work, but I want them to learn how to do it correctly. That usually helps smooth things over for a bit. That’s a hard concept for the little ones to understand, so it is a struggle.
5. Planning – Honestly, this is a strange one for me. I love planning things and being organized. But, when it comes to planning out our days, weeks, months and year – I get completely overwhelmed. I am not sure why this stresses me out so much, but it does. So consequently, most of the time we do the bare minimum and I am scrambling to get things done on Monday morning, which doesn’t help the stress level. I want so badly to be the fun Homeschool Mom that does amazing crafts and activities, with kids smiling the entire time! Yeah…that doesn’t happen. But, I am working on it. Planning for next year has already commenced and I am excited about some new changes we are implementing! Stay tuned for my annual curriculum choices post later this year.
But, homeschooling isn’t all bad! In fact, there are many things I absolutely love about it. Here are 9 Reasons I love Homeschooling, that never change.
What is one thing you hate about homeschooling? I would love to hear about it in the comments!