Oh how I love a post that goes against everything Pinteresting! I know this week’s homeschool mom confession is going to get lots of love because well, we can’t all like crafts.
I was thrilled when Adrienne asked me to be a part of her new series Homeschool Confessions. I knew immediately what I was going to blog about too. My big confession? I don’t like doing crafts with my kids.
When I finally admitted that I wasn’t the crafty homeschool mom it was such a relief! I like to be creative, but I’m not into big messy projects that need things like plaster of paris (truth: I don’t even know what that is!). Looking at a long list of craft supplies makes me break out in a sweat.
I’m happy to pin cute (and messy!) craft ideas on Pinterest, knowing full well I will never do them.
Homeschool Crafty Truths
When I first started homeschooling I thought being super crafty was a prerequisite. As in I couldn’t successfully homeschool my children if they weren’t knee deep in finger paints and glitter. Of course some things like playing with play-doh are important in aiding to strengthen hand muscles for later writing, but covering your house from top to bottom in paper mache is not imperative.
It’s not that my house is a pristine model for Better Homes & Gardens, far from it. I just don’t want to vacuum up glitter for six months. (I have the same issue with Easter grass!) I would rather have my kids help me in the kitchen and make a mess with something we can eat.
I think that’s the beauty of homeschooling. We don’t have to following a cookie cutter formula. Each family can give their own children rich experiences and an excellent education without having to follow a specific recipe. There isn’t one anyway!
It’s okay for your house to be a mecca of craftiness from sun up to sundown and it’s okay for my house not to be.
So if you’ve been feeling like a crafty mom failure, take heart, you aren’t alone and it’s okay to never pin another crafty pin on Pinterest again – you have my permission!
Jen is a homeschooling mom of 6 children and is not content with the ordinary. Life is an adventure with much to be explored. Stop by Forever, For Always, No Matter What as she navigates life in a large, slightly unconventional, always-striving-to-be-a-faith-filled family. She can also be found on Twitter, Pinterest and Google+, and Facebook
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