5 Ways to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

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5 Ways to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

I’ve been homeschooling for six years, and while I love it, it also has its moments. You know the ones. The ones where you are ready to walk away from it all, put your kids on the big yellow bus, and forget you ever heard of homeschooling.

It’s easy to stay positive about homeschooling and its benefits for your family when you’re feeling encouraged about it all, but how do you stay encouraged?

Here are some things that work for me:

  1. Stay in the Word. I spend time reading my Bible every day. It is not optional for me. It is life-giving and necessary to my health and well-being.
  2. Pray. This usually follows my time in the Word (and continues throughout the day). God often speaks to my heart, showing me where my attitudes, thoughts, and actions are hurting our homeschool and need improvement. Sweet times of prayer and repentance, assurance of His love, and promises of provision and strength are often followed by lifting up other families and friends who are on the journey.
  3. Surround yourself with encouragers. All of us get down from time to time, but I choose to surround myself with people who are generally positive about their families and homeschooling. It is hard for me to stay positive around those who are speaking negatively.
  4. Seek out encouragement. If you haven’t ever attended a homeschool convention or conference, you need to! Events like Apologia’s Real Refreshment Retreats, the Teach Them Diligently Convention, and Teach Them Diligently Marketplace offer encouragement for moms who have walked the path you’re on. Are you in a season where travel isn’t possible? There are innumerable resources in the form of books, blogs, podcasts, audiobooks, and online homeschool conferences and expos that will uplift and encourage you.
  5. Sleep. I never realized how sleep-deprived I was until I embarked on the Early to Rise experience a couple of weeks ago. Now that I’m getting more rest, I’m able to get up earlier each day, be more productive, and feel more upbeat about my life—including our homeschool.

How do you stay encouraged while homeschooling? If you’re feeling discouraged, please leave a comment or email me {jennifer(at)jenniferajanes(dot)com}. I would be honored to pray you through this rough spot.

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8 Responses to 5 Ways to Stay Encouraged While Homeschooling

  1. Rebecca says:

    You have been encouraging me for – how long? Over 3 years now. You have been such a blessing to me. THank you for your constant prayers and your reminder of God’s sovereignty, love, grace and the sheer joy of raising my children for His glory and not mine.

    • You’re welcome, Rebecca! You always challenge me to follow hard after God, and I’m thankful for your gentle push to be what He has called me to be—and no more. I think we do a good job of “iron sharpening iron.” Fellowship God’s way is beautiful!

  2. hsmominmo says:

    This is a terrific list, Jennifer :) #3 is a biggie. We can easily become drained by well-meaning people who may not be supportive or cannot relate to our homeschooling lifestyle. We all need a ‘Barnabas’ or two (or more!) in our lives to help drown out the nay-sayers. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Thank you for sharing your list on NextGen Homeschool, Jennifer! Sleep – that is one I often forget about, but it is sooo important! Thanks for pointing it out and reminding us all to take care of ourselves physically so we can be refreshed.

    • You’re welcome, Renee! I have gotten a rather rude reminder from my body recently about the importance of rest. I think it’s something a lot of us feel is optional rather than necessary. Sleep helps us so much!

  4. Amy Morgan says:

    I homeschool an only and we have a very hard time finding other homeschooling families to meet up with.

    I am so glad to have found your site.

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