Questions answered in other posts:
• Why do you homeschool?
• We’re thinking about home-schooling, but the idea of it is completely overwhelming. Where do I even start? What are the rules and laws? How do I know what my child needs to learn and when?
• What does your school day look like?
• How smart do you have to be to homeschool? What if I screw my kids up?
• What would you say are the biggest pros and cons of homeschooling?
• Are you afraid your subjects of dislike will rub off on your kids?
• Any suggestions for keeping little ones busy during school time?
• Are you super patient?
• How do you know if you're homeschooling for the right reasons, and not selfish reasons?
• Are you held accountable to the state for your children's educations?
• How you do try to make sure your kids end up "normal" and aren't socially-ignorant (or just plain weird) when they go out in public?
• If you are financially-strained and/or stingy, how do you know how much you really, truly NEED to spend on materials for homeschooling?
• How do you ever get away as a couple? Do you have someone willing to watch all four kids? Do they homeschool?
• What's your take on the claims that homeschoolers "shelter", "brainwash", and/or "indoctrinate" their children?
• Will you homeschool through high school? If so, what about sports? Prom? Graduation? Diploma?
• What is your take on homeschooled kids enjoying the 'fun stuff' at public school but not the academic stuff (dual-enrollment)? And if you dual-enroll, how do you combat negative attitudes from public-school parents?
• Do you follow the local school calendar? When do you start and stop your school year? What do you do for breaks?
• If both parents are homebodies, how do you make sure you get your kids involved socially?
"When you can sometimes already feel like you're not 'good enough' at being a mom/wife, how do you add in homeschooling without being crushed under the pressure of then also feeling like you're not 'good enough' as a teacher?"
For me, these shortcomings can sometimes get the best of me. They come pounding down upon me like violent waves, and I feel like I'm sinking. Hopeless. The key to handling that pressure is to keep my focus on Jesus, not on the storm. When I focus on the wind and the waves – the resistance and the disturbances – that come with homeschooling, motherhood, marriage, it’s easy to sink under the pressure. But when I focus on Jesus, I can walk on water.
When I don’t spend time at Jesus feet daily, the pressure truly is too much. All of it weighs me down and makes me feel like I simply can’t handle it all. But that’s a lie from the Devil. I can handle it all because God is my strength. As long as I focus on Jesus by putting Him first, the rest follows. I’m a better mom, wife, and teacher. But still, I'm never good enough according to God's standards. I still – always – fall short. Always. That’s where God comes in.
“God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.”