Don’t you wish that when you began this journey there had been someone ahead of you on this path? Don’t you wish, that when you were in homeschool “hell”, there had been someone that could’ve said definitively “oh honey…I HAVE BEEN THERE, but believe me this will pass”? Don’t you wish, that there was someone who really did understand exactly what you meant when you couldn’t find the words to describe the frustration of teaching a child to read who was struggling to learn?” Well, I am that mom. I’ve been there, and I can say assuredly this too shall pass. I have a very gifted 6 year old, who is a “homeschool dream”, I also have a dyslexic, auditory processing disordered 9 year old who was very nearly the “homeschool death” of me. I really do understand.
I know the joy of seeing your little girl doing multiplication at 5, and the pain of seeing your 9 year old struggle to read. I understand! I know the “whale motel” side of things…..I ran from the calling to homeschool. I know the “schechem” side of things from when I returned to that “first place”. I really do understand! There aren’t alot of homeschool experiences I have failed to have, so let me assure you…..this mom feels your pain! I feel compelled to throw these things out into the spotlight, even though I’m sure there will be flaming darts sent my way because I am publicly admitting that I have succeeded many times, and yet still I fail daily. This is just the kind of admission the “anti-homeschooler” would love to read, and yet…I really could care less. Why? Because somewhere out there, there is a mother who is homeschooling and she is seriously considering giving up. She thinks she’s failed, she know’s she’s hindering her child and not helping, she’s hurting and she’s tired. I have a reminder for you homeschool sister…..Jesus said
“come to me all you who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28
Cast your care’s upon him for he cares for you….and don’t ever forget, when he called you—-he already knew every step it would take to get across this desert terrain, and he planted every well along the way in exactly the right place so that just as you feel overcome….there is a refreshing place to rest. He’s got this all working together, refining and perfecting you. Don’t be discouraged, be encouraged….you’re never alone.