Thursday, June 9, 2011

Guest Post: Homeschool Failure - Refuse to Fail or Burnout

A Second Generation of Homeschooling
A Second Generation of Homeschooling

It was one of  'those' days.  Maybe you can relate?

All before 11 am, my toddler (The Nip Napper) had:

Woke up on the wrong side of the crib hours too early...
Crabbed through devotionals
Refused his toys
Crabbed through a spelling test
Microwaved a pencil
Dumped an entire container of liquid soap on himself
Had a bath
Dumped an entire bottle of Ranch dressing on himself and tried to 'ice skate' through it
Broke a DVD entirely in half
Had another bath
Refused to nap....

My house was a disaster, the other kids were crawling at a snails' pace through their work and we were all getting grumpy.

In short, I felt defeated and like a failure!

Ever had a day like that?

Searching for encouragement, I hit the jackpot with Homeschool Failure- Refuse to Fail or Burnout from A 2nd Generation of Homeschooling.  If you've never visited this blog, you owe it to yourself!  Lisa is a homeschooling grad and current homeschooling mom of MANY who is full of encouragement! 

In the above article, she encourages Mom's to "Keep your eyes set on the author and finisher of your faith as you go about your daily housework and homeschooling tasks." Also to "Accept the vision God has revealed to your through His Word. Recall the vision regularly. Move toward the finish line while casting your burdens on Jesus. Fix your eyes on the only one who is the finisher, the motivator and the only unfailing source of strength."

Some of you know that I have recently 'solidified' our school plans for this year.  Yep, I made nice neat plans all written out ahead of jumping into our new school year.  The problem?  Well....I had forgotten to ask the Lord what HIS plans are for us in this year.  So, instead of feeling defeated and deflated with all my failures, I should have taken MY plans and laid them at HIS feet and asked for HIS will and HIS direction for this year. 

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.


  1. Days like you described are part of the reason I never had kids - I'd've felt like a perpetual failure, I'm sure! However, you realized you'd inadvertently overlooked the Lord and fixed that error, so that hardly constitutes failure. (Not that you said you *were* one, but that you *felt* like one.)

    Carry on...... :)

  2. Great article and great encouragement!