You ever see the “have it all together” homeschool moms on Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media accounts? You know, the ones who have the perfect homeschool room, spotless house…they even have their homeschool year all planned out before they finish the current year.
I always wondered how in the world they did it! I mean, and still be able to keep up with the house, spend time with the husband, spend time with the kids, spend time with friends, etc.
I still have no idea but I do know that I am NOT that mom. I also know that we all have the same amount of hours in a day and what we decide to do with them is up to us. I like to spend my hours stress-free and for me, trying to perfect everything is stressful. And who has time for stress? I know I don’t! So, I want to give you 3 tips on how to stop stressing over homeschool planning.
First of all, I just want you to know that even those moms who seem to have it all together, DON’T! So stop beating yourself up because you feel like you don’t measure up. Those are her kids and her husband — you were created for your kids and your husband. So stop comparing yourself and your children and even your husband to her, her children, and her husband!
Okay, now that I got that out the way, let’s talk about planning for this upcoming school year! I still can’t believe how fast this year is going by. We just celebrated New Year yesterday, at least it feels like it. Anyway, on to the tips.
Get a Good Planner
A planner is a good way for you to see what’s going on at a glance. I use our homeschool planner for everything homeschool related. This helps me keep track of everything in one place so that I am not looking all over when I need to know something. I know that there are a ton of different planner options out there but my favorite (and I have tried them all, just about) is the Mardel A Simple Plan Planner. I am not a super organized person, but this planner helps bring organization to my life. I am old school and there is just something about paper and pen that gives me peace.
Discuss Homeschool Curriculum With Your Kids
My second tip is to be sure to talk with your children before making a final decision on their curriculum. I know that it is so easy to get caught up in the curriculum buying game. Every vendor says that their curriculum is the best because of this or that. We even sometimes feel like we know our children well enough to just decide for them. I always have my kids fill out this form about how I am doing as a parent and homeschool mom at least once a year. I then sit down with them and discuss it.
We also discuss if their curriculum is still working for them. I never want to assume it is, just because they haven’t complained to me about it. If they say it is not working, we talk about why it’s not and if we can tweak it or change it entirely. This takes a lot of stress out of our homeschool year and my planning period.
I also always discuss all our plans with my husband so that he can be the final decision maker. This takes away the stress of wondering if I’m making the right choice. By conferring with my trusted husband, I can have peace knowing that he is okay with what I’ve planned.We also discuss if their curriculum is still working for them. I never want to assume it is, just because they haven't complained to me about it.Click To Tweet
Pray About Your Homeschool Plans
My third but most important tip is to pray and ask God what He wants. Ask Him for direction. Your plans and your way may not be what He wants, so be sure to include Him in your planning. This simple but most forgotten tip is a definite stress reliever. God gave us our babies and trusts us with them, so why would we NOT consult with Him in our decision making? He knows what their future holds!
Here is a bonus tip for some of you overachievers who like to plan months in advance. 😉 Plan days for the unexpected. If you have every day planned but a kid gets sick, or a friend wants to have a play day, that should not throw your whole schedule off. You should be able to just shift your days accordingly. Be flexible and remember learning should be fun.
Relax and trust your motherly instinct. STOP stressing!
Markie Cooks is a wife to one hardworking man, Mr. Cooks for 10 years, and a mama to 4 awesome kids and 2 fur babies. She has been homeschooling for 5 years and blogs at My Life as Mrs. Cooks about marriage, homeschool, parenting, and her life as a Christian. Markie is very passionate about homeschooling and loves to encourage other moms on their journey. She loves the Lord and works hard every day to be the salt and the light that He has called her to be. When she’s not blogging, vlogging, or schooling, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. You may also catch her knitting or lost in a good book with a hot cup of tea.