Every homeschool mom or dad has the occasional bad day. I have them, too. I like to think these are normal, since they give us the opportunity to reflect on what works and what doesn’t, and to remember we’re only human (not “Super-Human”).
Today, I’m talking about MAJOR homeschooling boo-boos. These are more than just a bad day. They’re huge, embarrassing moments. Silly mistakes that somehow went unnoticed, then snowballed into really big problems. Those dumb, stupid, foolish decisions people make out of ignorance or from plain old laziness in doing things correctly. You know, those blunders that leave you blushing, your children speechless, and the whole family avoiding all other homeschoolers for the rest of
your lives the year.
Did you know that lots of homeschoolers commit enormous crimes upon homeschooling? Homeschool blunders are actually a lot more normal than you think. I challenge you to find one family that doesn’t have a funny, scary or a pathetic tale to tell!
I once met a parent who told me a science experiment nearly burned down the house! Though the kitchen was lost (as was her self-confidence for years to come), thankfully, she and her children were unharmed, and the rest of the home was spared.
Another parent described what her neighbors were calling, “naked playtime” — which was exactly what her children had been doing in the yard as she rested (thinking the children were reading quietly in their rooms)!
A third family told of homeschooling at the family office building because they didn’t want to be perceived as families who never left the house.
As silly as these stories may seem, they’re true. Like other parents, we homeschool moms and dads can do some pretty crazy things, too.
Because we want to be good at homeschooling (whatever that is).
We want to be great parents to our kids.
Because we try so darned hard.
Like the bad days, these events can be looked at the same way — an opportunity to reflect on our approach to homeschooling and our lives. Lessons can be learned from blunders (sometimes the hard way) and we can make changes afterward, too.
I am collecting these kinds of stories today. Are you willing to share a story to encourage others? Leave a COMMENT!
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Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau is a college professor who traded in her tenure to become a homeschool mom 20+ years ago. The founder of many homeschool groups and organizations, she works to advance home education, and is an outspoken supporter of education reform coast to coast. Her book, Suddenly Homeschooling: A Quick Start Guide to Legally Homeschool in Two Weeks, is industry-acclaimed as it illustrates how homeschooling can rescue children and families from the system, and how anyone can begin homeschooling within a limited time-frame, or with no educational background whatsoever. A liaison for regional school-to-home organizations and a homeschool leader in Florida, Marie-Claire also mentors homeschool families nationwide. A conference speaker, she has appeared at FPEA, H.E.R.I., HECOA, FLHES, and other events. She currently writes for audiences at Quick Start Homeschool, and as a guest on other sites as often as she can. Her articles have appeared in CONNECT, on Homefires, at Circle of Moms and she has contributed to hundreds of other blogs nationwide. Dr. Moreau can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.