Most homeschooling parents wonder whether they are doing enough to educate their children. If you have a similar concern, it might help to know that you’re not the only one! Listen to this homeschool mom’s perspective on the often-overwhelming feeling that she is not doing enough to homeschool.
- It’s okay if your shelves are overflowing with unread books.
- Ultimately, God knows what’s enough for your family.
It’s okay if your shelves are overflowing with unread books.
This mom says she’s always afraid of not doing enough. She’ll purchase books and resources that end up only collecting dust on her shelves. You may have experienced this as well. Leaving a homeschool convention, your car trunk stuffed with books to last far longer than 12 academic years, you wonder how in the world you and your family will ever get to them all.
The reality is, using some books will not fit your schedule. Don’t feel guilty about this! As unfortunate as it may be, it’s just the way it is. So, instead of feeling overwhelmed or guilty because of unread books idling on shelves, remember that God has orchestrated your year according to His plan, including which books he wants your family to use and which He doesn’t.
Ultimately, God knows what’s enough for your family.
Though it’s often difficult to remember, ultimately it is God who is guiding you in the education of your children. He is in control of everything, including what books migrate from your shelves into the hands of your children. This is crucial to remember—to trust God’s plan for your family above your own.
How can I apply this to my life?
Two things. One, remember that you’re not alone in feeling inadequate to homeschool your children. Many other parents are feeling this as well. Two, put your trust in God rather than in yourself. Ask for His guidance in leading your children’s education, praying about which books to use and which to disregard or put off for another year.