Discouraged in Ohio
(Medina County, Ohio)
This is my first year homeschooling our 4th grader and preschooler. We also have an older 6th grader in public school as well as a two-year-old. I find myself feeling stressed out and I don't like the negative emotions I'm feeling to affect my kids. I wonder, what good am I doing them to protect them from bad influences, if I'm yelling alot? How common are symptoms of depression in homeschool moms?
Homeschooling can be difficult...and it is not necessarily for everyone. However, before giving up, try these three ideas:
1. Try to find some other homeschooling moms so you can get together to encourage one another... maybe in your church or a local homeschool organization.
2. Structure your day earlier to get your schooling done before noon, so you can can have some quiet time in the afternoon when your two year old is napping. This always helps me with my sanity! :)
3. If you are most stressed out by preparing and teaching your child, I would recommend you find a good DVD program or online distance learning to help you homeschool your fourth grader.
I have 9 children, so I can understand the difficulties of homeshooling. :) I use the Bob Jones Press distance learning. Call 740-261-6363 for more information...or look at this page for more information.
Praying for you,