Dear New Homeschool Mom,
It’s your first year homeschooling! Congratulations! You made a great decision, and one that I am sure did not come lightly.
How are things going so far? Chances are you are feeling one of two ways, either overwhelmed or ecstatic!
Can I just tell you that you are in for the ride of your life! The first few days and weeks will be hard. You will need to get on a routine, find a groove that works for you, and work out any kinks that may arise.
It WILL get easier! I promise! The first year of homeschooling is one of the hardest. Someone once told me that it takes three years to really “get” homeschooling. THREE YEARS! I have found this to be true in my family and in many of the families I have mentored through the years.
So, don’t give up! Keep on going, find a support group, plan ahead, even when things don’t go your way. You will find a rhythm that works for you and your family.
You have started homeschooling and things are going great! You are succeeding and things are working out just as you thought they would. Congratulations!
Now, here are some words of warning. Things won’t always go this way. Hard days WILL come. Believe me. So, when they do hang on to these moments. These good moments are the ones that make it worth it. They get you through from one day to the next. They will remind you of how far you have come.
Share your good days with other new homeschoolers. Encourage them that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Let them know what works for you. Maybe your advice is just what another new homeschooler needs?
New homeschool moms, some day YOU will be the seasoned mom. You will be the one mentoring a new homeschooler, and you will be the one with a knowing smile. Remember these feelings. They won’t last forever.
The best advice I have for new homeschoolers is to remember WHY you are homeschooling. Own your reason, and any time you have doubts, bad days, or feel like giving up remember your why. That will carry you through on your homeschool journey.
Have a great year new homeschool moms!
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and work at home homeschool mom. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a FREE Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.