You’ve been homeschooling for a while and at times it still feels as if you have not gained enough confidence in your ability to do this, in other words you have doubt. There is an article in Life Learning magazine, and the writer, Marnie Black stated:
“Doubts are useful. They help us to consider, examine and reexamine our homeschooling and assess whether something needs to change.” She goes on to say, “I continue to climb my ladder of doubts. Old doubts are left behind, and new ones crop up all the time. I’ve come to accept that doubt is part of the journey, I just deal with it one rung at a time.”
Doubt is referred to as a ladder that is dealt with one rung at a time. A very good analogy, but not so easily done as you wade through this powerful emotion accompanied by insecurity, fear, and anxiety. There is one consolation, you are not alone in feeling doubt about this homeschooling journey, other homeschooling parents have felt doubt from time to time also. There can be a bit of comfort in knowing that you are not alone. You can relax now.
Sometimes you may feel that you haven’t accomplished enough during the course of the day, or maybe you should have let the children do a particular assignment for an hour instead of thirty minutes. Or, maybe you feel you are jumping in too much instead of allowing them to go at their own pace, to learn what is interesting to them not what you think they should learn. Isn’t that why you began homeschooling in the first place?
Once you get centered you realize that a power struggle is not necessary. With patience and guidance learning does happen. You can relax and flow knowing that you have made the the best decision for you and your children. You realize that you made that decision from a space of love not desperation. You now know that you are not alone and you never will be. Doubt is a check-in mechanism for you as you push steadfastly on this wonderful journey of homeschooling that you have purposefully decided to embark. As you reflect you thank doubt for propelling you into wisdom, security, patience, and confidence.