When Other Homeschoolers Do It Better Than You

One of the things that I love about the internet is all of the great ideas you can find from other homeschooling parents and even public school teachers.  There are a TON of great blogs out there that have bucket-loads of ideas for you to choose from.

The downside to having all of this information at your fingertips (aside from getting overwhelmed by it all!) is that you get to see how many homeschooling moms (and dads – but for my sanity, I’m going to refer to the moms here….just know that I include the Dads too – okay?) do it better than you.

They’re better at organizing their day, getting their kids to help out with chores, creating their own wonderful printables and on and on and on.

Our days generally aren’t very organized.  Quite honestly, I just don’t have it in me.  Even when I plan projects/crafts/lessons, my strong-willed child(ren) tends to yank the reins in a different direction.  It could still be based on the same topic, but he’ll get his own idea and run with it.

Now on the one hand, that’s actually a good thing – he’s keeping it interesting (for him), and he’s still learning through the process.  But, dang it!  It’s frustrating sometimes.  And energy-sucking.  He wants to do things his own way, and I can either battle with him EVERY. SINGLE. TIME., or I can get out of his way and let him learn.

Oh, and did I mention that he’s VERY bright, has always had a large vocabulary for his age, and he needs to move and move and move and move and move? (He’s really sweet and kind-hearted too, in case I don’t mention it here enough).

So I have to wonder – am I just holding on too tightly sometimes to the idea of school at home?  Do I have to work harder at unschooling myself so we can learn without battling so much?

Maybe I just need to embrace the fact that we tend to color outside the lines (figuratively) and see the beauty in that?

{Photo Credit: Jaimie Duplass}

Are you an organized homeschooler, or do you just go with the flow?  If you’re the go-with-the-flow type, I’d love to hear your suggestions!


  1. You know, but here is the thing, you read a blog, it may include a couple of photos or a short video and some well typed words, but we don't REALLY know what happens in the house behind the blog, do we? We don't all blog about our failures, our mishaps, etc. I think we have to keep in perspective that many homeschooling blogs are meant to encourage and I think we often shy away from blogging about the negative things because we think that might not encourage others, but the flip side is, we may come off as living the perfect life, which none of us do (Rom 3:23) despite how our blogs make us look.
    We unschool, though unschoolers don't think we do, whatever you want to call it, my kids learn and it works for us 🙂 If what you do works for you and yours-then go with it sister!

  2. I used to be very, OK, EXTREMELY organized and scheduled! Practically to the minute! 😉 But as more kids were added to the mix and finally my youngest with special needs, I've swung QUITE a bit to the other side. Now, I'm still fairly organized, but in a more flexible kind of way. Instead of stressing over finishing EVERYTHING on my "list" (which is mental only now rather than written), it's what gets done, well, gets done. I would rather the kids enjoy the work, put their heart into it and produce something that they can be proud of then rush through to finish the 12 assignments I thought we should do without giving them time to delve into and process the material. And I've started letting them learn what fancies them. (We still do Math and they don't fancy that! LOL) So, I'm not go-with-the-flow, but I'm not super organized either! LOL