I read a great post recently by Dana at Principled Discovery, and it brought to mind an article I had written for Home Education Magazine earlier this year. Since HEM kindly only reserves first printing rights, I can now repost the article here on the blog, in case anyone else would care to read it (for free)! You can scroll down to the end of this post for the link.
Dana’s topic is homeschooling stereotypes, which I’ve also found to be quite common in homeschooling circles. I’m not talking about the stereotypes that non-homeschoolers have about us, but rather the stereotypes that we apply to ourselves, the standards that we create in our minds that we feel the need to live up to. In the comments to Dana’s post, Marcy really hit the nail on the head when she shared advice given to her by her sister:
You know, I always thought other people were so much better homeschooling moms than me. I’d read about how they canned, or went on nature walks, or journaled, or had their kids involved in many sports, or read them all these great books, or made their own ______ (you fill in the blank!) – and I’d think how amazing they all were. Then it suddenly dawned on me – they don’t ALL do ALL these things!
You’ll find that in my article I took a positive approach towards those expectations that we develop for ourselves. My take is that while we are rarely living up to ALL the expectations we have at any given time, we are almost always doing SOMETHING that could be considered “productive” from a homeschooling standpoint. If we focus a bit more on what we are doing right, rather than what we’re doing wrong, we can avoid that unfortunate tendency to judge ourselves as coming up short on most counts!
You can read the entire article here. I’d love to hear your thoughts about living up to homeschooling expectations, whether self-imposed or held by others!If this page was helpful, Stumble it!