I struggle because my son’s goal is to attend boarding school at some point. I want to make sure he has the credentials to be accepted, when and if he wants to go.
I struggle because I have an A-type need-to-tick-things-off-my-list personality.
I struggle because for so many years, my son was leading our homeschooling. I still had Kindergarten materials for him when he was already a few grade levels ahead. Now that I’ve caught up and bought "quality" curriculum for his actual grade levels, he doesn’t seem interested in them.
|from The Independent Kid|
When I catch myself accusingly ask my son “Why can’t you do this?!?”
When I roll my eyes and shout, “Why are you SO slow?!?”
When I find myself frustrated and exasperated at my little drummer as I press his hands down on his desk to stop…
I need to STOP MYSELF. I need to scold myself “For goodness sakes, he’s only 7 years old!” and to remember to smell the roses. I want his homeschooling to be a success, but I also want him to love the process. I guess I’m not the Tiger Mama I thought I was afterall.
So, I've made a list for when I forget why we love homeschooling:
- I need to challenge my son just at his level, not above, nor below.
- Homeschooling means I can create an individualized education for him to suit his interests: he is not a boxed curriculum.
- My son loves learning, and I can and will support that pursuit.
- My relationship with my son is built on tender loving care, not needless criticism, stress or pressure.
- We have the freedom to enjoy quality time together EVERYDAY: cuddles, giggles, laughter, slow and unstructured time together.
- I have the power to create a positive homeschool environment for my son. That power needs to be used wisely before 7 years passes and it will be too late.
P.S. After Lesson One, I found my son's entry in his grateful journal:
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