Homeschool Planning Isn’t for Sissies: How to Win Anyway

Homeschool planning isn’t for sissies! It is so easy to get bogged down in the details or self-doubt. How can you win the homeschool planning battle anyway?

Homeschool Planning Isn't for Sissies: How to Win Anyway! Homeschool planning can be intimidating. Do not fear! Here are some personal, practical and spiritual tips to help. Homeschool planning isn't for sissies, well... you can do it anyway!

Homeschool Planning Isn’t for Sissies: How to Win Anyway!

The battle about homeschool planning is three-fold:

  • Personal
  • Practical
  • Spiritual- I tried to alliterate, but there’s no *P* equivalent for spiritual ­čÖé

Homeschool planning isn’t for sissies, but here is how to win the battle against *sissy-ness*:

Win the Personal Battle

One of the big battles in homeschool planning is the battle against self-doubt. We homeschool moms tend to hold high standards for ourselves. Not a bad thing in itself.

High standards can keep us reaching for bigger and better in our homeschool lives. We can plan for:

  • Better fit curriculum
  • Better fit co-ops
  • Better fit time management
  • Better fit home management

Nice, unless we paralyze ourselves by expecting a perfect homeschool. Perfection paralysis will prevent us from doing anything new or beautiful or fun or stretching because *we might not get it right*.

Can I share a life-changing bit of advice? It’s a quote by G.K. Chesterton (you might know him as the theologian friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and the author of the Father Brown mysteries):

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly.

Anything worth doing is worth doing badly G.K. Chesterton 2to1Conference Don't let perfection paralysis keep you from trying new things in your homeschool. Homeschool planning isn't for sissies but it is fun You can win!

So, how about trying out some new things and aim for *badly* until you can do it well?

Win the Practical Battle

Feel overwhelmed by the battle of the how-to? How to actually plan the year? How to choose curriculum? The old saying “the devil’s in the details” reminds me of MY battles to get organized. Here’s what I’ve learned:

Know your long-term goals. What do you dream for your homeschoolers when they walk across the stage at graduation? (Remembering, of course, that a homeschool mom can plan her way, but God will direct her steps.)

  • Character
  • Educational
  • Experiences
  • Career Goals
  • Life skills

Write out your short-term goals. Those are the goals for what you’d like to accomplish in each area during the upcoming school year.

Now break those short-term goals into how-to’s for getting it done:

  • Curriculum
  • Co-ops
  • Experiences

NOW you can do your research! Make it fun! Talk to friends, do Google searches, read reviews, chat on FB groups. Listen to podcasts. Here are a couple of episodes to help.

Homeschool Sanity Podcast: Plan Your Homeschool Year

Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Homeschool Goals and Planning

Next, take your time and capture everything on a happy planner of your choice.

Win the Spiritual Battle

A┬áspiritual battle that I often hear about from my homeschool mom-friends and advisees is the battle of “I’m not enough.”

  • I’m really not good enough for this.
  • I’m not doing a good enough job.
  • I’m not trained enough for this.
  • I’m not smart enough for this.

We know as women of faith that we should avoid being prideful…but pride is often the last thing on our minds. Self-doubt can be the tool of our spiritual enemy to shut us down.

We know that Scripture has instructed us that

  • We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Philippians 4:13
  • Where we are weak, he is strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
  • When we roll our works on Him, He will direct our paths. Proverbs 16:3

But self-doubt will trick us into *hope shifting* (as our 2:1 friends Andy and Kendra Fletcher say) away from God, onto ourselves. We need to keep our eyes focused on the Giver of Strength, not ourselves. He will give us a confidence that is a godly confidence.

Take some time and meditate on this. Here is a post that might help.

Homeschool Planning Isn't for Sissies but You Can Do IT! 2to1 Conference. Don't get your eyes on the wrong things. Keep your eyes on God for strength to handle homeschool planning without self-doubt.

Homeschool Planning Isn’t for Sissies

But then again, even a sissy can use her skills and rely on God to overcome her doubts, fears and weaknesses. So maybe being a sissy is a good thing. Go ahead, then! Sissy or not, have some fun with homeschool planning and have a great homeschool year!

Vicki Tillman

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, Curriculum Developer at 7 Sisters Homeschool
Vicki loves homeschooling and has shown it by educating her own 5 kids for 20+ years and helping hundreds of local homeschool teens graduate and head off to college and careers. A member of the 7 Sisters Homeschool blogging/writing team, Vicki develops curriculum for middle and high schoolers. She also serves her community as a mental health counselor and career coach.
Vicki Tillman

Vicki Tillman

Vicki loves homeschooling and has shown it by educating her own 5 kids for 20+ years and helping hundreds of local homeschool teens graduate and head off to college and careers. A member of the 7 Sisters Homeschool blogging/writing team, Vicki develops curriculum for middle and high schoolers. She also serves her community as a mental health counselor and career coach.

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