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When My Homeschool Blew Up:

Getting Through the Rough Spots

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Homeschooling through the rough days. Those days when it feels like my homeschool blew up. Or was it me that blew up? On those rough days, it is probably both! I've had some doozy days that make me shudder. And then there are those routine days that make me feel like I should be doing something more fun, and those fun days that make me feel we should be doing something more academic. And there's that curriculum staring at me that I just can't fit in the schedule. And that counter filled with clutter and that 9 year old who is whining all day. Come to think of it, I feel like whining on those days, too.  


And, what about the family emergencies that interrupt the schedule? What about the days dad is home and we are off our routine? What about that part-time job or that new baby or that neighbor in need that keeps me busy--shouldn't I give up on this homeschooling business?  


Instead of looking at everyday life issues and attitudes as obstacles to doing what we want to do, we need to look at the obstacles as part of the life God intended for us to live, and teach around those. It's how we live that life that brings glory to the One Who designed it. However, that does not negate us from properly planning our ways and keeping unnecessary distractions at bay.  


What helps is praying, "God what do you have for me and the children today?" Then, instead of feeling like things have blown up when interruptions come, we can rejoice because everything that is out of our control, is under His control. As the hymn goes, "Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey."


Don't be dismayed. Pray through it. Start again and teach the kids to do the same. Little by little, day by day, we keep it at. Why? Because we are the ones that God designed to teach our children. He didn't give the responsibility of that job to any other but you. What the Lord wills for you, He provides for you. And, the alternatives are not worth it. The high percentage of children leaving their faith is staggering. Hold onto the hearts of your children while you can. Home is best. Home is where you belong. Home is where they belong.  


"Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that." James 4:13-15





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Raising Real Men    

We all have plans and dreams for our kids' homeschool experience. And often our best efforts are frustrated by events, budgets, or catastrophe. At different times in the past two decades, our homeschooling routine has been upended by high-risk pregnancies, job loss, birth defects, financial crisis, and cancer treatment. There are times when it was all we could do to keep our family life together, let alone carry out our intention of a rigorous and creative education for our children.


In the midst of these train wrecks, though, we learned several principles:

  1. God is at work even when our plans have gone in the ditch. God has told us He works all things together for good, to those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28).
  2. Most of the time, a temporary disruption can be caught up. When your kids graduate from high school, nobody will ever ask if they finished 5th grade math "on time."
  3. Cover the basics and let the electives float. Keep up with things like reading and math, which are foundations for so many following courses, and let "extras" move to the back burner.
  4. Keep your support network involved. We're told to "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." (Galatians 6:2) If we don't tell our church, friends, or support group when we're hurting, how can they live out the love of Jesus?

Not only is God faithful to uphold His people in the midst of trial--we found that our children learned a very important lesson by watching how their parents handle trouble. Don't be afraid to let you children know when times are tight, when money is short, or when Mom or Dad is concerned-but be sure they also know that you are trusting your Heavenly Father to be there when you call. Sometimes, we find God's curriculum for our family is not the one we picked out ... but it always turns out to be the best one!


Yours in the Battle,  

Hal and Melanie


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Mom, there will be days when your homeschool blows up ... your kids will see you at your worst and you'll feel like tossing in the towel. You'll think to yourself, this can't be good for my children ... they'd be better off in REAL school.


Here's a survival secret: don't quit. Ask forgiveness and take some time to rebuild relationships, but don't abandon ship and give up on homeschooling. The truth is everyone has bad days (or weeks) ... EVERYONE!!! Don't believe that lie that says you are the only one that does. The thing about doing something worthwhile is that worthwhile things are HARD.


But here's what God says about the hard times: "You will reap a reward IF you do not grow weary and stop" (Galatians 6:9). That's a promise ... a promise to you.


I've seen too many homeschoolers hit the rough spots, give up, stick their kids in school ... and then regret it. In fact, I've had them come up to me and say, "I thought I had problems before, but when I put my kids in school we ended up with way bigger problems."


Mom, you may be going through a hard patch right now (as in today). Keep swimming. Ask forgiveness, repair the relationship(s), and assess areas that are causing added stress, but never give up.


And know this: YOU ARE NOT ALONE.


Be real,




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