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I’m Not Smart Enough

I’ve heard this phrase so many times that I can’t keep up. Moms who are afraid to homeschool their teens because they don’t think that they are smart enough to do it.

It makes me sad.

Why would you believe that you’re not smart enough to give your child the best education possible, mama? Because you ARE enough!

To effectively homeschool your teens, you need 3 things.

  • GOOGLE – Yes…everything you need can be found on the internet. If you have a computer or access to one, you have all of the information you need to teach your kids.

  • PATIENCE – Nobody gets it right the first time around. Let yourself be OK with learning how to homeschool and finding the rhythm that works for your family.

  • A LIBRARY CARD – Everything you need to get started can be found at your local library. You can download books online. You can download classes online too. You can get books about History, books about Science and books for fun. This is all you need to start. Curriculum can be bought later…when you know how your child likes to learn.
Mom who doesn't think she is smart enough to homeschool through the high school years for her teen

Today is the day that you let go of the idea. You ARE smart. You ARE capable. You ARE the best one to guide you kids through the High School years. God gave your kids to you because you are the PERFECT person to help them. Let go of the illusion that everything needs to be perfect.

Be OK with taking a leap of faith and listening to your heart. It won’t be easy. It won’t be perfect every day. But it will be something that you never regret.

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5 Reasons To Homeschool Through High School

My boys were in 9th, 10th and 12th grade when they decided that they wanted to be homeschooled like their sister (who was in 3rd grade).

“But you’ll miss out on Prom, sports and all of the other high school experiences!” I pleaded.

My Sophomore surprised me when he piped up, “You mean the drugs, sex and porn. No thanks mom. I’ll pass.”

That was all that I needed to hear. I decided to pull them out, but the question was…how.

Elementary school was easy. I could teach multiplication and reading….but High School?!? How on earth was I supposed to teach the kids things like Calculus and Chemistry? I was starting to give up on the idea when I sat down and started to do a little Googling.

What I found surprised me. There were lots of different curriculums that had the instructional videos included. Translation….I didn’t need to re-learn Calculus.

I plucked up the courage to start and found out some surprising facts.

  • When you’re homeschooling the high school years it’s actually EASIER than the younger years. Teens can be responsible for doing their own school work and don’t need you to sit next to them all day long and encourage them to work. A simple “If you don’t finish your work by 5:00 you’ll lose your phone tomorrow” works wonders.
  • When you take your kids away from the outside influences of other kids…the attitudes, swearing, disrespect..etc…they don’t do those things anymore. Weird..right? It takes some time to wear off, but eventually your kids are more mature. respectful and happy.

  • You can buy videos that teach your kids. You don’t need to learn anything new. You can find curriculum that fits your teens learning style and so the learning becomes easier and actually..fun! There are even online groups where your kids can talk to other teens who are working on the same projects and are being homeschooled too. They can work together and ask each other for help. There are paid groups where teachers will also tutor your students for you.

  • Grumpy teens and stressful mornings become a thing of the past. Your kids can wake up when they want and you don’t have to rush out the door. Many moms find that their kids are happier because the anxiety from school, friends, bullying and grades are now gone. Your teen is free to discover who they are without the outside influences trying to teach them things you don’t believe in. (Like gender confusion…Grrr.)

  • You can include your faith and religious beliefs into your daily school. This one surprised me. I had no idea what it would be like having daily Bible study with my kids. We were able to really talk about verses and how they apply to the kids. Our home became more Christlike and peaceful.

I’ve been homeschooling on and off for almost 12 years. Every day isn’t going to be sunshine and roses. BUT our days are MUCH easier than they were when the kids were dealing with the stress of public school.

If I had to go back and decide to homeschool again I would do it in a heartbeat. It has brought our family closer and has given me a relationship with my kids that wouldn’t have been possible any other way. Worth it? You bet!

Want to learn more about how to get started homeschooling through the high school years? Visit guidedhomeschool.com

5 reasons you should homeschool your kids through the high school years and how to get started.
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To Homeschool or Not

I can still remember the day that I decided to homeschool my kids for the first time. Our neighborhood was brand new….we were the 5th house to be built….and the closest school was 10 miles away. I decided that it would be best to homeschool for a year until the school in our neighborhood was built.

My daughter was only 2 at the time and her brothers were….let’s just say they were a handful. I used an online school program and struggled to keep up with all of the assignments and jobs they needed to finish while chasing my baby around and keeping her from eating the glue.

I ended up putting the boys into public school when it opened up. The time alone was nice…the attitudes weren’t. The kids were always angry, being bullied and hating to learn. It wasn’t how I wanted life to be.

It took me several years to try homeschool again. When I pulled my daughter out of her 3rd grade classroom, I second guessed my decision for over a year.

My boys were all in high school and something odd happened.They begged to be taken out and to get homeschooled too! I asked my son, “You don’t want to miss out on the high school experiences like Prom and graduation and friends do you?”His answer sealed the deal.

“You mean like missing out on the drugs and sex and porn? I’ll survive.”

I drove to his school and took him out later that week, along with his younger brother. The school tried to stop me. They couldn’t understand why I would want to take him out when he was doing so well. He had a 4.0 GPA and was one of the top 3 in his class. He was on the baseball team and everything looked perfect on paper.

What they didn’t see was the boys who pushed him into the open oven in his culinary class. The missed out on the baseball team who always called him “gay” and made fun of him for not wanting to have sex before he was married.

The clincher was when my oldest son, a senior, called me from school and asked me to come and get him. I asked him what was wrong and he said he needed new clothes because he was covered in food.

A group of kids who had seen a post on Facebook about his pro-marriage opinion decided to throw their food on him at lunch…afterwards they followed him and threatened to kill him.

I was LIVID! I talked to the Principal and he laughed it off. He told my son to go back to class and man up. I told him that I was going to take him home with me. The Principal told me that they were on “his time” and I didn’t have the RIGHT to take him home. He sent my son back to class…covered in food.

WHAT?!?

Why we choose to homeschool

That was it for me. The next day I pulled him out and he finished up his last semester with homeschooling. He missed the last half of his senior year. The weird thing…he didn’t care at all. He was happy.

You might be wondering what happened to the kids who threatened to kill my son and dumped food all over him. Nothing. Nada. Not even a suspension or a call to the parents.

I don’t blame the Principal or the school. Their hands are tied. The education system is setup to fail. Teachers are not allowed to educate students. Their hands are tied with governement regulations and testing. They don’t want to be there. The kids don’t want to be there. Everyone is miserable.

Parents who believe their kids are angels and sue the schools for ridiculous reasons are allowed to run the show. Large corporations are making millions off our kids with uneccassary testing. Don’t get me started on Common Core!

It’s a mess.

I had a choice to make. Should I stay and try to clean up the mess and make public schools better for all of the kids or take mine out and save them. I chose to save my own kids first.I haven’t given up though. I petition for changes and I’m involved in trying to improve the system.

There is a need and not all parents have the opportunity to home school. It’s my responsibility to be a voice for change.

It’s been 8 years since I pulled my kids out of public school for the 2nd time. I can tell you that it was the BEST decision that I have ever made. The boys are working in careers they love, one is almost done with his degree in Business Analytics. My daughter is working on high school while attending a vocational school and earning college credits towards a degree in Veterinary Medicine.

Without the freedom of homeschool these opportunities wouldn’t have been possible. It’s not easy…but it’s not hard either. The toughest part about homeschooling your kids is making the decision and telling friends and family. After that you’re free to mold your kids and help them learn to be confidant and love learning.

What would homeschool make possible for your family?

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3 Tips I Use To Stay Motivated

Working from home can be…well…lonely.

I need some inspiration to pick me up on the days I don’t feel like working. Want to know what they are?

DESKTOP WALLPAPER

I use my computer background as an inspiration motivation for those days when I feel like things are not going fast enough or I have a tough day.  I made a graphic in Canva with all of my goals. It inspires me on the hard days when I just want to quit.

PHONE REMINDERS

I setup notifications on my phone that pop up a few times a day. I made messages for myself like, “You can do this!” and “Almost there….keep working hard!” It sounds silly but it works.  Try it and let me know what you think.

READ (OR LISTEN TO) POSITIVE BOOKS

I keep a stash of books that make me happy on hand. It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan. I love to listen to the books while i’m working. The way Harry faces problems head on and has the courage to move forward is a BIG ‘ole inspiration.

I also have Podcasts that I love like Stu McLaren’s “Marketing Your Business” and Amy Porterfield’s podcast. These inspire me to keep moving forward and not give up.

What are some ways that you stay motivated? Let me know in the comments.

April 🙂

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