This year I decided I was going to be more intentional in many areas of my life. Some of this has been going well and some areas, well…..let’s just stay there’s room for improvement.
While I have been working on myself, my husband and I have also been trying to teach our children to be intentional, to start strong, but also, to finish well.
It’s easy to start well, especially when it’s something you are excited about or looking forward to, but when it’s hard or becomes mundane, it can be hard to finish well.
The same can be said about homeschooling. Every year I start out excited and ready to start the new school year, but usually by January the kids and I start to peter out. From that point on we’re struggling to keep going and to not just throw up our hands and say “Enough, we’re done for the year!!”
I want to finish well, but most importantly teach my children to end well.
This past year was my busiest year yet, between running the home, household duties, my business and homeschooling the kids, but it was also our best finish yet. We finished strong and finished all their schooling this year and we were way more relaxed! That was a first for us.
How did we do it? Why was this year different then the previous 6?
I believe it had to do with being intentional, but there are also a few other things I have learned throughout the years that contributed to finishing well.
Here are a few do’s and don’ts for finishing your homeschool year well.
- Don’t set yourself up for failure by having too high of expectations of yourself or your children, this can be so discouraging.
- Don’t compare. Comparison is the thief of joy. Don’t compare your life (home, school area, resources, etc) to others or try to copy their homeschool life or schedule.
- Do connect with the homeschool community because they are in the trenches with you and understand what you are going through
- Do make sure your tank is full! Take care of yourself physically, emotionally, mentally, relationally and spiritually. It’s hard to pour into others and operate on empty.
- Do live by a routine that works for you instead of a set-in-stone schedule. Use a schedule as a tool, as a target, but don’t get upset if you’re not following it to a T. Family life is hard to schedule.
- Do know your why!! Keep going back to why you’ve decided to homeschool in the first place. You will need to remind yourself…often!
- Do set goals, but break it down into bite size pieces
Blessings on your new school year, may this be your best finish yet!