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!
The battle about homeschool planning is three-fold:
- Spiritual- I tried to alliterate, but there’s no *P* equivalent for spiritual 🙂
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.
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.)
- 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:
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.
Next, take your time and capture everything on a happy planner of your choice.
Win the Spiritual Battle
A spiritual 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 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!