Homeschool Failure: 3 Ways to Avoid It and Succeed3 min read
Sometimes, when you sit to evaluate and grade your kids’ work, you may wonder if you’re a homeschool failure if they didn’t do well enough. Perhaps their grades are great, but your kids seem to be losing their love and joy of learning.
In other words, homeschooling is getting more and more challenging as the days and weeks go by. It becomes harder for you to focus on doing the best you can.
Satisfaction from homeschooling becomes tougher the more you do it. Sometimes, it becomes less fun for kids. Whatever the reason may be, the feeling of failure makes one miserable.
You’re not satisfied with where you are as you wrap up this school year.
So. What can you do when you find yourself in this position?
Here Are 3 Steps to Avoid Homeschool Failure
Don’t Blame It on Homeschooling
Sometimes, when things go wrong we may look for a scapegoat. You may tend to blame it on the wrong things.
Sometimes, that could be homeschooling itself.
Maybe you think you’re not good enough for homeschooling your kids. Or that your kids are losing out on a lot through homeschooling.
The first thing you need to do is stop. Our first reaction to when things go wrong is to put the blame on something.
This just stops us from thinking about the real reasons that may be behind the negative feelings.
So many of the issues that you are experiencing with your children have nothing to do with where they go to school.
In fact, if your kids went to school elsewhere, would you really be aware of what was actually happening? Would you be able to be directly involved and help as well as you can right now?
The real reasons may be something else. It could be preteen/teen hormones, it could be other issues. Homeschool failure often has underlying reasons.
Evaluate and Introspect
Stop for a moment and just take a good look around and within. What is really making you feel like a homeschool failure?
Don’t sit and worry aimlessly. Channel your concerns in a constructive manner to figure out what these deep-rooted issues could be.
Try and write down the things that you are worried about.
Is your child struggling to make friends?
Maybe they find it difficult to cope with so many subjects and the subject matter?
Perhaps they can’t focus as much as he should?
Could you be struggling too?
Do you feel like you’re constantly falling back on schoolwork?
Are you unable to give your child the opportunities he needs for social interaction?
Now, try to objectively think about whether there is any truth in these worries. If you don’t think you can do it by yourself then sit with your spouse, a trusted family member or close friend. Ask them to help you analyze and evaluate.
When you evaluate these underlying issues, you can address them one by one.
Do What Needs to Be Done
The next step is, of course, to do what needs to be done.
When you uncover the underlying issues, make sure you take your time to understand what the right solutions may be.
For instance, if your kid feels lonely, arrange some playdates or group activities. Having a homeschooling community could be very helpful for this.
If a particular subject is hard on your kid, find a tutor.
If you feel you’re not able to keep up, research ways to plan your homeschooling schedule.
What to Remember to Avoid Homeschool Failure
Remember that identifying problems and areas that need fixing does not make you a failure!
If anything, it only empowers you to work towards your weak points to come out stronger in the end.
If you are feeling like a homeschool failure today, we want to encourage you not to give up.
Everyone has these days and sometimes you need to get the necessary things done. Other times you just need to sit back and relax because you’re already doing the best you can.