Hey sis, yes you....the one who is doubting whether you really are cut out to educate your family without school. I have a secret to share......
Confident homeschool mummas are not born....they are BUILT!
We all want to be confident we're doing the right thing.
We want to be confident this thing called homeschool will all work out in the end.
We want to be confident we won't ruin the kids future and give them every opportunity for success!
The truth is, there is no way to know what will happen tomorrow, let alone five, ten, fifteen or even twenty years in the future. Whether we chose homeschool or school, those same concerns will still be there, it's just for some reason we seem to be a little more aware of them when we chose to home educate.
Confidence grows with time and experience. And you only get experience by pulling up your sleeves and jumping in.
I started homeschool when my first-born was four. At the time of writing this she is now fifteen. We have completed primary education from reception class through to year 6, and gone through secondary education from year 7 to year 10. She completed four GCSE's this year (12 months earlier than her schooled peers) with the rest to complete next summer insha'Allah. If you asked me all those years ago when I started if we would make it this far, I'd have told you no! Never in a million years did I expect I would ever homeschool, let alone make it all the way through to the end of compulsory education Alhamdulillah. Indeed all praise is due to Allah.
I'll tell you what has got me to my 11th homeschool year through all the ups and downs; the constant questioning of whether I'm doing the right thing along with the random attacks of self-doubt. If you have been following me a while you'll already have heard this story - but it's a good one to hear again and I love telling it because the lesson it gives has served me well, Alhamdulillah...