Are you in need of a heart-to-heart talk with a good friend who understands the issues you face as a homeschool mom? Has your inner self-critical voice taken over and robbed you of your joy lately? Believe me, I know how it is because I’ve been right there with you.
You need to hear that you can do this, but you don’t want to just gloss over the real issues that you face. Platitudes are nice, but they only go so far. You want some practical ideas to apply right now.
I understand — and so do my homeschool mom friends in the iHomeschool Network. That’s why we collaborated on this book: Homeschooling: What to Do When You Want to Quit.
We have a lot more to say than just “Don’t give up!” We share the strategies we’ve actually used in our lives when the chips were down. There are 250 pages of encouragement for homeschool moms, along with practical advice. You don’t have to suffer with burn-out alone. There is hope and help for you!
I’ve written two chapters in this book:
How to Cope When Homeschooling Means Isolation for Mom — when you want to quit because you feel like you are on your own
Fighting Fears with Faith — when you want to quit because you feel inadequate to teach
I share my own experiences, as well as some solutions and discussion questions to help you think through your situation. Those are my chapters, but there is so much more in the book!
Homeschooling: What to Do When You Want to Quit
Whether you’re just starting out or are already a seasoned homeschooler, discouragement hits us all at one point or another. We all doubt our decisions, worry about curriculum choices, and have moments of sheer panic. The inner voice asks, “What am I doing? This is crazy! I can’t educate my children at home!” Or maybe that voice screams out in frustration, “I’m utterly spent. I can’t take one more minute of confusing fractions, tedious read alouds, or messy science experiments!”
Sometimes all we want is simply a proper dining room instead of a cluttered, homeschool disaster area where the table used to be.
On the worst of days, we have all looked longingly at the flashing lights of a yellow bus and considered —for one brief moment —putting our kids on it.
These negative feelings about homeschooling are the genesis of this book. Despite our very real feelings of wanting to quit, we, the bloggers of iHomeschool Network, have persisted in the path of educating at home. And we can tell you that it is worth pushing through the stress, exhaustion, and fear.
This book addresses nearly every potential frustration point that a homeschool mom faces. We tackle the irritations that make you want to throw in the towel for good:
- having toddlers and babies along for the ride
- working from home while homeschooling
- high school!
- feeling under-appreciated
- feeling inadequate as a teacher
- having your own emotional meltdowns
- handling things solo as a single mom or one whose husband is frequently away from home
- raising a special needs child
- dealing with a family crisis, job loss, or a move
- being burned out
- feeling the criticism of others, maybe even family members or your own husband
- being totally unorganized with school record keeping
- living in a messy, chaotic, loud house
See a copy of the full Table of Contents here (PDF) to see exactly what all 56 chapters are about. This is a digital product in PDF, MOBI, and EPUB formats with over 250 pages of uplifting, but not sugar coated, practical help for 56 different reasons you might want to quit homeschooling.
Also available in PRINT on Amazon.
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