Our modern ears may have a hard time with the word moxie. We don’t use it much in everyday conversation. But I think it perfectly describes what it takes to homeschool your children. Here are the secrets of moms who homeschool with moxie.
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Moms who homeschool with moxie…
Have the ability to face difficulty with courage
The difficulties that homeschool moms face throughout the years doesn’t look cookie-cutter. The stuff you’re struggling with when your house is full of littles might be completely different than the stressors that come later on. Or, your circumstances may change through the years, adding to the demands placed on you as a mom and educator. But it makes no difference what the specifics are. Moms who homeschool with moxie are able to face the difficulty with courage.
Difficulty could look like:
- pulling your kids out of school because you know the one-on-one time and learning with them will make a difference
- starting a business on the side while you homeschool because the family could use the extra income
- saying no to the some good things in this season so you can say yes to the best priorities
- homeschooling even if your extended family thinks you’re nuts
- dealing with some FOMO (fear of missing out) and turning the perspective positive and embracing the JOMO (joy of missing out)
- addressing your child’s learning disabilities with the intimate knowledge of how your child learns best that only a parent has
- dealing with difficult school districts as you try to homeschool
- not quitting even when days get tough – reevaluate, deal with the burnout, but also remember your WHY
- be able to pivot in your homeschooling when the original plan isn’t working
Moms who homeschool with moxie possess grit & gumption (or “guts”), a fighting spirit, and determination. There’s nothing like seeing a mama bear do her thing.
Moms who homeschool with moxie…
Possess pep and energy
You might not feel very energetic right now, but moms who homeschool with moxie really do possess a level of spunk and zeal because they are driven to do the best they can for their kids. We know we bear a huge weight of responsibility and we take that not as a burden, but as a truth that lights a fire underneath of us.
The energetic spirit that moms who homeschool with moxie have might look like this:
- Introverted mom? With your kids all day? Yeah, me too! Takes some serious pep and energy to keep up with the human interaction side of homeschooling. Oh, and several cups of coffee.
- Your passion for your kids’ best learning environment (home!) will keep the drive going even when you feel like quitting
- Discover the types of learning that ignite your kids and embrace their natural curiosity
And finally, moms who homeschool with moxie…
Show skill and competence in their responsibilities
You might not feel particularly qualified to teach your kids (especially if you listen to “the professionals” that tell you otherwise), but as the parent, you are uniquely qualified to homeschool! Take it from me, a former classroom teacher – teachers can never replicate in the classroom what you can do in a one-on-one homeschooling approach.
When I was a freshly graduated education major at the ripe old age of 22, I thought I was a great teacher. But I wasn’t even a parent yet! I really didn’t have a clue. Even if I didn’t have my education degree, I would still be vastly qualified to teach my children. They are my children. I taught them everything they needed to know from the time they were born. What suddenly disqualifies a parent from teaching a child once they reach kindergarten age? Exactly.
I am so impressed by the many homeschool moms I meet in person locally and through distance evaluations in Pennsylvania. One thing I know: moms who homeschool with moxie show skill and are continually growing in their competencies.
Here’s what it looks like:
- Read, read, read lots of good books – not just about homeschooling, but also other topics that keep you growing!
- Homeschool moms are scrappy – we learn now to create individualized education plans (IEP’s!) for our kids
- We take initiative to learn along with our kids
- We are creative in our homeschooling – sometimes DIY’ing a unit study because we just know our kids will love the topic
- We learn how to balance our housework responsibilities while teaching our kids how to contribute to the household
- It might take late nights or early mornings, but we also continually grow our side hustles as homeschooling mompreneurs
- As we grow in our confidence, we mentor younger moms in our community
So that’s what it looks like to homeschool with moxie. These are the secrets of scrappy, resourceful, and determined homeschool moms everywhere. Bravo, moms! Keep up the good work.
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