Sometimes, raising and homeschooling our 8 kids (ages 21 to 2) seems totally manageable – even easy – especially when compared to other, larger families made up primarily of younger kids. Younger mamas, it does get easier!
At other times, homeschooling our brood proves to be the hardest thing I have ever done.
Over the next 10 weekdays I will be writing about some of the questions about, issues with and methods of homeschooling our large family over the past 17 years. There will be no sugar-coating here. I am not the most organized, spiritual or disciplined person out there and I am not going to pretend that I am. What I am is clay in the Potter’s hands, willing to be shaped and molded into the mother and wife that He wants me to be. Remember, His yoke is easy, His burden light. Learning to walk, led by His Spirit, into whatever path He has for me and my family is exciting and full of adventures (despite the laundry and endless dirty dishes). This should prove to be an interesting series!
Over the next two weeks, I will be writing on the following subjects (click on the title to read each post):
I would be dishonest if I said that I have never considered getting a job and trading my days surrounded by my kids for a nice dry-cleaned suit and a pair of high heels. Seriously, we all do. The truth is that we all blow it as homeschoolers. We miss things we should have seen, we lose our patience over silly things that we regret later. What parent doesn’t?
Despite this and after homeschooling now these nearly 18 years, I say that if I had it to do over again, I would homeschool. I would homeschool knowing that there would be learning issues, morning sickness, marriage struggles, financial troubles, teenagers and toddlers and all of their attitudes.
The benefits far outweigh the downfalls. Be assured: it will be messy, it will be noisy, but it can be done!
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
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Linking up today with the lovely iHomeschool Network for the Spring Hopscotch.
Becoming Healthy & Fit | Alisha at Flourish
Teaching With LEGO | Amy at Milk and Cookies
New Experiences | Angie at Many Little Blessings
Homeschooling Tots & Preschoolers | Carisa at 1+1+1=1
Project-Based Learning | Cindy at Our Journey Westward
Electricity and Magnetism Experiments | Colleen at Raising Lifelong Learners
ABC’s of Journaling | Dollie at Teachers of Good Things
Boosting Brainpower | Heather at Cultivating Lives
Hopscotching Across the USA | Heidi at Home Schoolroom
Homeschooling for Free and Frugal | Jamerrill at Free Homeschool Deals
How to Work from Home and Homeschool | Jamerrill at Holy Spirit-Led Homeschooling
Sights to See in Washington, D.C. | Jenn at Daze of Adventure
Autism is… | Jennifer at Jennifer A. Janes
Raising Boys (By a Mom of Five Sons) | Kendra at Preschoolers and Peace
US Presidents | Lauren at Mama’s Learning Corner
Things You Can Do With A Can of Tomato Sauce | Laurie at Our Abundant Blessings
Learning to Exercise With Your Kids | Lisa at Chaos Appreciation
Understanding Your Anxious Child | Lisa at Our Homeschool Adventure
Homeschooling the Large Family | Marianne at Abundant Life
Screen-Free Family Activities | Michelle at The Holistic Homeschooler
Healthy Eating | Sarah at Sidetracked Sarah
Planning a Summer Garden | Stephanie at Nature Notebook
Tips for Selling Your House While Homeschooling | Susann at Mama Hopper
Gluten Free Recipes | Tabitha at Meet Penny
Cool Group Projects & Parties | Tabitha at Teaching With Cents
How to Use Coupons | Tabitha at Online Coupon Workshop
Using Games in School | Ticia at†Adventures in Mommydom
You CAN be an Artist | Tricia at Hodge Podge