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Before You Give Up on Homeschooling (Encouragement for Homeschool Moms)

Feel like giving up on homeschooling? Ready to quit? Before you do that, read this encouragement for homeschool moms. You’re not alone!

Are you in need of a heart-to-heart talk with a good friend who understands the issues you face as a homeschool mom? Has your inner self-critical voice taken over and robbed you of your joy lately? Believe me, I know how it is because I’ve been right there with you.

You need to hear that you can do this, but you don’t want to just gloss over the real issues that you face. Platitudes are nice, but they only go so far. You want some practical ideas to apply right now.

I understand — and so do my homeschool mom friends in the iHomeschool Network. That’s why we collaborated on this book: Homeschooling: What to Do When You Want to Quit.

We have a lot more to say than just “Don’t give up!” We share the strategies we’ve actually used in our lives when the chips were down. There are 250 pages of encouragement for homeschool moms, along with practical advice. You don’t have to suffer with burn-out alone. There is hope and help for you!

I’ve written two chapters in this book:

How to Cope When Homeschooling Means Isolation for Mom — when you want to quit because you feel like you are on your own

Fighting Fears with Faith — when you want to quit because you feel inadequate to teach

I share my own experiences, as well as some solutions and discussion questions to help you think through your situation. Those are my chapters, but there is so much more in the book!

Homeschooling: What to Do When You Want to Quit

Whether you’re just starting out or are already a seasoned homeschooler, discouragement hits us all at one point or another. We all doubt our decisions, worry about curriculum choices, and have moments of sheer panic.

The inner voice asks, “What am I doing? This is crazy! I can’t educate my children at home!” Or maybe that voice screams out in frustration, “I’m utterly spent. I can’t take one more minute of confusing fractions, tedious read alouds, or messy science experiments!”

Sometimes all we want is simply a proper dining room instead of a cluttered, homeschool disaster area where the table used to be.

On the worst of days, we have all looked longingly at the flashing lights of a yellow bus and considered —for one brief moment —putting our kids on it.

These negative feelings about homeschooling are the genesis of this book. Despite our very real feelings of wanting to quit, we, the bloggers of iHomeschool Network, have persisted in the path of educating at home. And we can tell you that it is worth pushing through the stress, exhaustion, and fear.

This book addresses nearly every potential frustration point that a homeschool mom faces. We tackle the irritations that make you want to throw in the towel for good:

  • having toddlers and babies along for the ride
  • working from home while homeschooling
  • high school!
  • feeling under-appreciated
  • feeling inadequate as a teacher
  • having your own emotional meltdowns
  • handling things solo as a single mom or one whose husband is frequently away from home
  • raising a special needs child
  • dealing with a family crisis, job loss, or a move
  • being burned out
  • feeling the criticism of others, maybe even family members or your own husband
  • being totally unorganized with school record keeping
  • living in a messy, chaotic, loud house

This book has over 250 pages of uplifting, but not sugar coated, practical help for 56 different reasons you might want to quit homeschooling.

Also available in PRINT on Amazon.

What Others are Saying about the Book

Homeschooling: What to Do When You Want to Quit is receiving positive reviews on Amazon!

If this is the kind of encouragement you need right now, please consider purchasing the book on Amazon in print or Kindle edition.

More Encouragement for Homeschool Moms

I’ve put together a free handbook for homeschool moms that offers encouragement, ideas, and free printables to help you manage the chaos that can happen with homeschooling. The Heart and Soul Homeschooling Handbook can help you find a more restful way of learning and living.

Are you feeling stressed out right now? What would help?

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  1. Thank you for this. As of late, I have been contemplating sending my kids to public school. I am spent and doubting my abilities. If my husband hadn’t surprised me today by telling me I educate “his” children well, I probably would have signed them up already. I just bought your book, just so I can cement his words a little more. Thank you.

    1. I’m sorry you’ve been struggling. It seems to come with the territory of homeschooling for everyone from time to time. I think everything that is worth doing in life, like marriage and motherhood, requires so much of us that it can be exhausting sometimes. We press on because the rewards make it worth it in the end. I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope the book helps to encourage you! Thank you!

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