Every Friday I’ve been inviting my favorite homeschooling bloggers over to share their Homeschool Mom Confessions.
We all have them!
Homeschooling isn’t always roses and sunshine and I love creating a space where homeschool moms can go to share real stories about their day-to-day. I love knowing what drives other moms crazy! Don’t you?
What makes them want to scream and shout? What isn’t so wonderful behind the blog?
Let’s continue to share honest stories with each other! It makes life more interesting.
I’m super excited to introduce you to today’s featured blogger, Michelle from Heart of Michelle! Michelle is a blogging friend. She’s got a heart of gold and an inspiring space in the blogosphere. She’s a single mom homeschooling the youngest two of her five beautiful children. I promise you’re in for a treat!
I love homeschooling. I really do. For me a ‘perfect day’ is when the kids and I get any sort of formal learning accomplished. The more the better! History, math, nature studies – these things make me happy.
I enjoy homeschooling so much that I’ve built a career of it. I blog about it, do social media marketing for homeschool business, and even offer homeschool consultations to encourage and assist others in their homeschool journey. I love everything about homeschooling.
Except I don’t.
That’s right. I don’t love everything about homeschooling. There is one task that I dread. I avoid and ignore it as much as possible. Here is is: I hate creating our homeschool curriculum.
“But, Michelle! You encourage people to create their own curriculum!”
That’s true. I believe you know your child better than some random creator of curriculum does. I believe that you can tailor your child’s education according to his needs and abilities. I do believe that. I believe it and I practice it.
And I hate doing it.
Each January, I begin the process of procrastina planning to plan our homeschool year. Usually it’s the end of February by the time I sit down and do it. All at once. Done.
This year, it didn’t go that well. I started thinking about it in January, started on it in February, thought about it some more in April, and finally did it on August 3rd.
It took me seven months to complete the task. How pathetic is that? I managed to put it off for the majority of the year. I’m starting to think it’s not really my thing.
I know why I put if it off. It’s tedious. I do not like tedious tasks. I used to design websites and quit for that very reason. When I do a thing, I must do it from start to finish. I don’t like doing things in pieces and parts.
Sure, I could complete the chore in pieces, putting it aside and continuing it later, but I know me. I know I’d lose my place and start the entire process over. Or at least I think I would. I don’t know. I’ve never tried it, because I’m sure that’s what I would do.
I’m the same way with housework or any large project. I must finish it in one sitting, from start to finish. If I can’t, then I don’t begin it in the first place.
Researching homeschool materials is one thing, but trying to research and decide on each subject for each child in one day is tough. It’s overwhelming. I avoid it. Eventually, I do it just like that – one fell swoop.
The funny thing is, once I do finally get around to it, it doesn’t take me as long as I thought it would. I feel good about completing the task, and am motivated to move to the task of implementing the new curriculum. I always wonder why I didn’t do it sooner.
Another year passes, and the process begins again in January.
What about you? Is there one aspect of homeschooling that you really dislike? Share your it in the comments.
Michelle Cannon is a single mom homeschooling the youngest two of her five children. She is the author of The Heart of Michelle, where she writes about anything from homeschooling to recipes, bipolar disorder to opinion pieces. You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, G+ and Twitter.
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