WHO WANTS TO BE A SUCCESSFUL HOMESCHOOL MOM?!
Did you know that successful homeschool moms don’t just wake up in the morning, grab a textbook, and start teaching their kids?
Nah…it’s a little bit more complicated than that…ha!
There are some key qualities that are necessary for any mom who wants to homeschool her kids successfully. These include patience, dedication, a sense of humor, and most importantly, kids who are willing to learn.
Kids of all sorts…
With different learning styles…
And different personalities…
You need to have children to be successful at homeschooling.
WHY DO YOU WANT TO BE A SUCCESSFUL HOMESCHOOL MOM?
If your child is struggling in school, you might be homeschooling.
Maybe you’ve decided to homeschool your children because you think they will get a better education that way.
Some mothers love spending more time with their children and choose to homeschool in order to have more hours together.
11 THINGS SUCCESSFUL HOMESCHOOL MOMS ACTUALLY DO
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #1: THEY MAKE EASY, LOW-PREP MEALS.
Instead of hard-to-make meals, keep ingredients around for some easy, low-prep meals.
We’re talking about small messes, a lot of variety, and meals that kids will enjoy!
And, another fun idea is DIY lunch stations!
Look up lists of crockpot meals to make your life easier.
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #2: THEY SPEND TIME WITH THEIR YOUNGER CHILDREN BEFORE SCHOOL.
Homeschooling with young children at home presents new challenges.
You need to come up with ways to keep your younger children safe, content and busy.
Not an easy feat, right?!
The book claimed that this was the best way to ensure a great day for everyone. I read a book about 15 years ago that mentioned spending time with your younger kids first thing in the morning. The book claimed that this was the best way to ensure a great day for everyone.
We’re talking 7 am.
Make sure to spend some quality time with your kids to let them know they are just as important to you as your work is. Read them books, have tickle fights, blow bubbles, or do whatever you need to do to let them know they have your attention too!
When you start school with your older children, you can keep your younger children entertained with busy bags, educational videos, and simple toys like Mega blocks and Little People.
** Make sure to only use materials from busy bags during homeschool hours, so they don’t lose their “special” appeal.
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #3: THEY AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA DURING SCHOOL HOURS.
It can be tempting to check Facebook, email, or Instagram when your child is taking a test or reading independently.
If you spend too much time on social media, it will interfere with your homeschooling and make the day go more slowly.
You may find yourself in a mom-to-mom chat, and then your child is interrupting you for instructions on his next assignment.
All those little pauses add up!
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #4: THEY SCHEDULE DAILY BREAKS — TOGETHER.
Successful homeschooling moms and their kids need little brain breaks every now and then.
This follows the previous tip of avoiding social media in order to encourage you to enjoy mental breaks. However, this should only be done at scheduled times.
But don’t let the word “schedule” bother you!
You just want to follow a routine.
The ticking of the clock doesn’t need to dictate your breaks.
(We’ll chat about routine in just a sec.)
And what’s best about scheduled breaks?
They’re taken together.
WHAT DO SUCCESSFUL HOMESCHOOLING MOMS DO?
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #5: THEY SAVE DEEP CLEANING FOR WEEKENDS.
Homeschool teachers are in their own homes, while teachers at a school are not.
The temptation to reorganize the pantry or polish all the furniture during school hours can quickly become a distraction.
We also do “jack pot” chores on Saturday and whoever does the most wins a prize!
and work responsibilities This allows us all to focus on deep cleaning tasks without neglecting school or work.
Check out the creative chore idea yourself!
Our three easy cleaning tips are perfect for busy moms!
They’re simple and effective!
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #6: THEY TAKE HOLIDAYS.
Traditional schools make time for holidays, and successful homeschool mothers do as well.
This allows young your kids to have a break and some extra time to focus on fun.
Grab a school calendar and note all their holidays.
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #7: THEY FOLLOW THEIR DISTRICT’S SCHOOL CALENDAR.
This is not a requirement, but it can certainly make it easier to plan and keep track of your days.
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #8: THEY USE A PRINTABLE PLANNER FOR THEIR HOMESCHOOL JOURNEY.
This system keeps track of important records such as report cards, attendance, and others. it is organized and easy to find what you are looking for.
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #9: THEY MAKE SURE THEIR TODDLERS AND PRESCHOOLERS RELIGIOUSLY NAP.
This is not an impossible task.
If you want to be a successful homeschool mom, you should know that having naps at predictable, routine times works wonders for a homeschooling family!
Naps are a great way to make sure your younger kids are well rested, healthy and in a good mood!
You can read our BEST toddler nap tips here!
Older kids feel more relaxed and can focus better when they are not being interrupted by younger kids.
This can be a nice break for the busy mom who is homeschooling her children as well.
You’re not alone. Many parents find that their toddlers or preschoolers have a lot of difficulty taking naps. If you are struggling to get your child to take a nap, you are not alone.
Are you looking for ways to get your toddler or preschooler to take a nap? Then this SIX DAY Sneaky Naptime Course is for you! We’ll teach you how to implement a napping routine that will help your child (and you!) get the rest you need.
It only takes six days to establish a nap time routine for your child that will be both predictable and even anticipated!
We have reward charts for toddlers and preschoolers to encourage them to sleep, as well as daily routines to help them get the rest they need!
You will also find information on what to do and what not to do during naptime, as well as an entire lesson dedicated to naptime regression.
This typically happens if your family faces any serious changes in lifestyle — such as moving to another home, a death in the family, sickness, divorce or the loss of a parent’s job.
WHAT ARE OTHER THINGS SUCCESSFUL HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO?
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #10: THEY ALWAYS BUDGET FOR HOMESCHOOL SUPPLIES AND NEEDS.
At first, we didn’t set aside any money specifically for homeschooling expenses.
Do you know what our non-budgeting tactics gave us?
Loads of financial stress.
We learned that we have to budget for homeschooling expenses the painful way.
Since there are six kids being homeschooled and five of them are using homeschool videos, the cost increases rapidly.
WHAT HOMESCHOOL MOMS DO #11: THEY REFUSE TO SAY “YES” TO EVERYONE.
People tend to ask homeschool moms to do tasks such as baby-sitting, baking cookies, and leading after-school programs.
homeschool moms need to keep their homeschooling a priority.
Even if your child is using a student-paced or self-paced curriculum, you should still be present to make sure they stay on task.
Additionally, they need you to be present to answer any questions and help guide them through efficient research and study habits.
There will be more times when you have to say “no” than “yes” while you are homeschooling, and that is normal and okay.
Your child’s education should be a huge priority!
We can’t teach everything.
We start out our journey as homeschoolers believing we can teach our kids everything they’ll need to know.
We get caught up in thinking that we need credentials to teach our kids essential life skills, when really all we need is a bit of resourcefulness. We can use YouTube and Google to teach our kids how to walk, talk, add, read, write, identify insects, and learn about constellations and the Constitution. We have the power to be great teachers, without any formal training.
Friends, our kids don’t need us to teach them everything forever. We’re not alone in this and we can’t expect to know everything, even with the help of technology. We’re not always the best teacher for our kids and that’s okay. As they get older, they’ll need other people in their lives to help guide them.
You’re not always the best teacher for your kids. Here’s why…
How many people here had parents who were knowledgeable enough to teach them about their future? The world is big, friends, and there are people out there who know a lot more about different stuff than you do.
Other people may be able to explain things to your kid in a way that makes more sense to them. This is especially true if the other person has the same knowledge or skill set as you.
There can be difficulty when children try to learn certain things from their parents, if the parents are not able to teach them effectively. This can be due to clashes in personalities, or misunderstandings during explanations. These issues can lead to intense emotions, which may not be as big of a problem if the child was learning from someone else.
Kids need you, but they also need other people.
Children need to unbiased feedback, especially when it comes to their art. Your child wants to know that they did a good job on that painting, song, or dance, and that you’re not just saying it because you’re the parent.
Children behave differently when their parents are not around. It’s as if they are not as nervous when they are not being watched by their parents. It’s easier for some people to do things in front of a group of strangers than it is to do it in front of their close friends or family.
If someone who is not the child’s mother asks them to do something, the child will often do it better than if the mother had asked. Several years ago, the author’s youngest child was taking a firearms safety course, and the author was nervous because the child had never taken a class in a classroom setting before. However, the child finished his entire workbook without the author having to ask him even once.
As adults we can admit that we act differently around different groups of people. For example, we act differently around our family than we do around our church congregation, and we act differently around our best friends than we do with the parents of our kids’ friends.
This comes into play when your kids are learning from you. They may not always express who they are, and sometimes it’s a different part of them that needs to be learned in a certain situation.
In fact, we may suck at it. We may not always be the best teachers for our kids, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try our best.
Other people are amazing resources!
If you wanted to study how to raise chickens, but only had access to books, it would be difficult to find information. The internet would be a much easier place to find information on this topic, as there are many websites with this information available.
The text is saying that it’s not a good idea to be the only one teaching your kids.
It’s as if we are the books—and we can be really awesome, amazing, informative books—but our kids are never going to be able to look up information about current topics of interest without the internet (meaning, other teachers).
There is another reason why other people are better teachers for our kids than us. Other people have connections to the communities your kids need to be a part of to develop their abilities. For example, if your child is good at oil painting, get them with people who do that so they can improve. If your son is good at the guitar, help him find a community of guitarists so he can develop his talent. If your daughter has an eye for graphic design, find her people who can help her improve her skills.
Allow your child to socialize and learn from others as they can be an inspiration to them as well.
Homeschooling should make your world bigger.
No one learns everything from their parents. We pick up plenty of useful information from other people you throughout your life.
Sometimes as parents we want to keep our kids close to us and protected – sometimes out of fear, but sometimes because we have this strange belief that our kids don’t need anyone else.
Don’t do this. Seriously. Do not do this.
It’s not about you. Do not hold your kids back out of either fear or a lack of knowledge on a topic they’re interested in. Also, don’t do it in order to show off to the world how much you think you can do. This isn’t about you.
The internet is a great resource that can teach people a lot, but it’s not the only way to learn. My kids learned a lot about music from watching YouTube videos and using the search function on Google, but there’s something even better about having a real live person in front of them who can answer their questions as they come up.