Having a house full of children to homeschool can be exciting, fun, and…well, a little bit stressful.
After all, we’re accepting the responsibility for educating our kids (even if they’re living with special needs) ourselves. It can be lonely and challenging, and I know this from experience.
But a huge incentive of adopting minimalism is reducing our things to reduce the level of stress in our lives. And that applies to minimalist homeschooling as well.
How can we stop stressing ourselves out over our homeschooling year? Try these tips!
Minimalist Homeschooling: Stop the Stress
Mothers excel at many, many things. Unfortunately, one of the things we’re best at is feeling guilty. When we read about homeschooling, we can start to translate tips and suggestions into a lot of “should do’s” and “wish I had’s”. Which leads to stress and unhappiness about our choices.
If you decide to use some of the tips from this series to declutter books, reduce your paper trail, cut down your crafting supplies, plan your lessons the simple way, and streamline your schedule, that’s great! I hope the suggestions help you!
But please, please remember: This is YOUR homeschool. If there is anything you or your kids dislike, you can change it any time you want to. You don’t need to wait for a new school year and you certainly don’t have to “get your money’s worth out of it”. Just drop it and refuse to make yourself feel guilty.
And if there’s anything you or your kids love and don’t want to change, by all means don’t! If it ain’t broke and all. 🙂
Whatever you decide to do, take your time and enjoy the journey, no matter how much or how little you homeschool with.
Need more minimalist homeschooling inspiration?
Get more ideas for planning your homeschool on my Homeschool Planning board on Pinterest!
This post is part of the How to Homeschool as a Minimalist series! Visit the series page to read all of the posts!
So true! I think we sometimes think we have to do what everyone else does and just make ourselves crazy in the process!
Rebecca Reid says
it’s taken me years to figure out the whole “stop doing it if it’s not working.” I was trying to force certain things on my son but it just made homeschool so stressful!