1. Do you know why you are homeschooling?
Articulating and writing down your vision for your family and your homeschool
can be an important experience. On the inevitable bad days, it serves as a
lighthouse to keep your homeschool ship on course.
2. Are you and your spouse on the same
page? The decision to homeschool and the decisions relative to that should be
united, prayerful decisions. Take some time to get connected on these issues.
3. Are your children under your authority?
You can't teach a child who won't listen to you. Expend the energy now to work
on discipline issues to spare even greater heartache later.
4. Do you have organizational systems in
place so your home runs fairly smoothly? It's hard to function when you can't
find a pencil, the school books, clean socks, or the dinner menu. Being
structured about cleaning, cooking, chores, and clutter frees you up to focus
on relationships, training, and loving your family.
5. Do you have a support system? Mom needs
to have fellow travelers to sympathize with, to use as sounding boards and
resource persons, and as shoulders to cry on. Find a support group and be
prepared to give as well as get support.
6. Do you know that everyone goes through
tough times, crises times and even burnout? If you can hang in there, most
things improve. No decision about your children is so crucial that it must be
made today. Take a deep breath, take some prayer time and take your time in
making these life changing decisions.
Homeschooling is a joyous journey. Don't
get so harried that you fail to treasure the time. Do more than survive --
Christine M. Field, The Old Schoolhouse’s Resource
Room columnist, practiced law for eight years before becoming a full-time mommy
for her four children. Her husband
serves as Chief of Police in Wheaton,
Illinois. She is a freelance writer and the author of
several books about homeschooling, adopting, and more. www.HomeFieldAdvantage.org www.HomeschoolBlogger.com/ChristineField
Originally appeared in Fall 2002. Used with
The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.