A Homeschool Day of Power Struggles: It’s Still Worth It


This guest post is part of our 30 Days of Homeschool: The Good, The Bad & The In-Between Blog Series

If we look at homeschooling through the rose coloured glasses presented to us through sites like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, we might think that every day is supposed to be this wonderful journey, snuggled on the couch together reading, doing beautiful crafts and worksheets, examining flowers outside and journalling about it. And maybe for some families, it IS like that. But I would think that it’s an extreme minority, and we’re all going to have power struggles in our homeschool day.

Homeschooling is hard. Wonderful, but hard. There are good days, there are fun days, there are rough days, and there are horrible days – just like parenting. Trying to meet the needs of each child in our lives can be a challenge.

In 2013, I wrote the following journal entry. This is a glimpse of a hard day in homeschooling.

He sits curled up on the floor of the kitchen, barricaded into the corner by the chairs he’s pulled around himself. His eyes bore into me, daggers shooting from them wishing I would just go away. There’s a series of words being muttered to me that I can’t hear, but am well familiar the context of the intent of them. (more…)

Homeschooling Starts With the Ugly

This guest post is part of our 30 Days of Homeschool: The Good, The Bad & The In-Between Blog Series

Homeschooling is the hardest thing I have ever done. If you are homeschooling, I imagine that you feel the same way. Most would start with the good, but I’m going to start with the “Ugly” because that is where my journey begins.

Homeschooling the “Ugly”

My first day of homeschooling my now 14-year-old daughter was spent with me in and out of my bathroom sobbing uncontrollably.  I had already woken up with much trepidation about what we were about to embark on, but I made the situation worse by browsing through Facebook where all of my friends back to school pictures were plastered everywhere.  At that point every self-doubt I had about our decision became all consuming. Thankfully the days got better, and I eventually made it through a day without crying. You’ll be happy to know that I’m somewhat well-adjusted at this point in our journey.


Homeschool Reality Check ~ What I Now Know After a Quarter of a Century of Homeschooling

This guest post is part of our 30 Days of Homeschool: The Good, The Bad & The In-Between Blog Series

As part of our 30 Days of Homeschool series, Jan Burt tells it like it is after more than 25 years. 

Taking on life as a mom to five is one thing….but homeschooling all five of them from preschool through high school graduation is something else entirely. Anybody who might tell you that homeschooling is dreamy-awesome and just blessing-blessing-blessing all day long is not telling you the whole truth. It is those things; it is also a whole lot of other things as well.

First, let me tell you about the good stuff.

Homeschooling allowed me to spend approximately THREE TIMES as much time with my children as compared to friends who sent their children to public school. That’s a big deal ~ an enormous deal! I was able to be thankful for all the time I had with them instead of resentful that they grew up and I never got to enjoy them (which often is the case with public education). (more…)

The Secret Challenges of Homeschooling a Child With Dyslexia

This guest post is part of our 30 Days of Homeschool: The Good, The Bad & The In-Between Blog Series

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Are you Homeschooling a child with Dyslexia? You will want to learn the secret challenges of homeschooling your child with dyslexia that no one ever talks about.

Bullying Goes Hand In Hand When You Have a Child With Dyslexia

As parents we all know our children will grow up and go to school, just like we did as children. Most of us never dream that we will become our child’s teacher for one reason or another. We aren’t prepared to homeschool and like me, you may not think you can do it. The day may come a day when you have no choice but to Homeschool your child for one reason or another. As a parent you take on this challenge or journey with fear and trepidation that you will stumble and fall and you might even fail. The stakes seem higher, especially if your child has special needs like Charlie who has Dyslexia and is also diagnosed with ADD not ADHD. To top it off, bullying Goes hand in hand when a child has Special Needs like Dyslexia.

Our Decision to Homeschool

For my family, there were several factors that went into the decision to omeschooli our son. The main reason was Charlie was was being bullied in school and he ended up getting hurt. Once the teacher brushed it off and didn’t call us and we ended up in the ER with a child who later began to have nightmares and was afraid for us to be out of his sight. I knew it was time to do something. My husband then went and pulled my son out of school. (more…)

Failure is Not an Option

At Aero Academy Homeschool, space has a big impact on the way we do things. I am always looking for ways to connect my son’s love of aerospace to our homeschool life. I have found, to have a successful homeschool, creative teaching is a necessity. Today, I’m sharing how we apply the astronaut creed and lifestyle in our homeschool, and how you can too.

Why Failure is Not an Option

The phrase “Failure is Not an Option” is quoted from the 1995 film, Apollo 13. William Broyles Jr. is said to have come up with the line after interviewing Jerry Bostick – the Apollo 13 Flight Dynamics Officer. Consequently the quote has become a motivational phrase for NASA. Failure is Not an Option is a now a creed to live by. In the spirit of Jerry Bostwick, when things are not going well, calmly lay out all the options. Your failure is never one of them. (more…)

The Joys & Struggles of Homeschooling…Seeking the Face of God in Your Journey

This guest post is part of our 30 Days of Homeschool: The Good, The Bad & The In-Between Blog Series

Several months ago I was asked to speak at our local homeschooling support group’s annual Mom’s Workshop. What a privilege and honor it was to share my heart with the precious ladies of our group. After much prayer and constant pondering on what would be needful for those in attendance (several new to homeschooling), the Lord impressed upon my heart to speak briefly about the joys and struggles that homeschooling can bring, and how vitally important it is that we look to God for wisdom, strength, and all that we need to fully carry out the task of teaching our children from home.

Not Always Easy—But a Blessed Adventure!

Homeschooling is truly a blessed adventure! If you are new to homeschooling, you’ve made the right choice! There will be many days of laughter and joy as you watch your children learn and grow.
I remember the early days of our homeschooling journey. I could not wait to start the day with Bible reading, phonics practice, and counting from our 1-100 numbers chart.
We began homeschooling when my oldest was almost 2 years old, and my second to the oldest was just a tiny baby. Incidentally, both of them have graduated (my son last year, and my daughter graduated a few weeks ago). Oh, how I wish they could be little again…sniff, sniff).??


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