As homeschooling moms we’re constantly balancing many different responsibilities. We have a precious family to care for, a home and schedules to manage, and children to guide and instruct. It can easily become overwhelming, which is why it’s so important to stay encouraged.
We all have days or seasons that are discouraging. How well do we care for our families or teach our children when we’re feeling discouraged though?
The good news is that there are plenty of ways to fill our cups as homeschool moms and stay encouraged with the roles we have. It takes some intention but is so worth the effort.
Here are 5 ways you can stay filling your cup of encouragement:
#1 Read Books
I know it can be hard to find time to sit and read a book for yourself, but even if you can only read a couple of pages a day or a chapter a week, make the time to do it.
Find books that inspire you to instill a love for learning in your children, books that encourage you to be a better wife and mother, or books that motivate you to make your home a refuge for your family.
I’m currently reading The Brave Learner by Julie Bogart, to fill my cup of inspiration and encouragement as a homeschool mom. Here are some other books that have been a big encouragement to me over the years:
#2 Nourish Your Spirit
Try to make time each day, even if it’s only 10 minutes, to replenish your spirit.
- Read Scripture.
- Go for a walk.
- Bake or do something else you enjoy.
- Go to coffee with a friend or have a play date with close friends.
#3 Have Fun
Daily routines and school work can become tedious at times. Make it a priority to have fun with your kids too. It will boost your mood and remind you why you love homeschooling.
- Do a project together.
- Play a game.
- Tell each other some jokes.
- Play outside or go for a walk.
- Have a spontaneous dance party.
- Enjoy a treat together.
- Watch some funny videos.
#4 Homeschool Conferences
I’ll never forget the first homeschool conference I attended. I had been eagerly looking forward to one of the sessions and sat smack down in the front row. The speaker’s words pierced my heart and I sobbed like a baby; it was exactly the encouragement my heart had been needing.
I haven’t been able to attend many conferences in person because of logistics like staying in a hotel, schedules, and finding someone to watch our children for days. I’m so thankful for conferences that are offered online now, because I don’t have to worry about finding someone to watch the kids and they’re much more affordable.
With the Homeschool Moms Conference, I’m able to listen or watch the sessions at my convenience too, because you’re given lifetime access. It’s helped me stay fired up throughout the entire school year. I watch a session while I fold laundry or cook dinner to keep my heart encouraged.
If you’re looking for an affordable conference that you can access all year, you won’t want to miss the 2019 Homeschool Moms Conference. Early bird pricing starts April 24, 2019 and is only $15.00, which gives you access to over 50 speakers and 100+ workshops with NO time limits!
#5 Don’t Compare
Comparing your family to other homeschool families will rob you of your joy quicker than anything. It’s wonderful to get ideas and motivation from others, but pick and choose the things that will work for your family.
Every family is unique and what works for some will not for others. Stay encouraged as a homeschool mom by delighting in the uniqueness of your family and not getting entangled in the trap of comparison.
So sweet mama, it’s time for you to find refreshment and encouragement for this journey. Once you’ve found it, don’t take a small drink and think that will be enough. I hope these tips helped you find ways to replenish your cup daily.
Abby is a former public school teacher, now homeschooling her five children. She’s in the trenches just like you and knows it can be challenging to be home with your kids all day while you struggle to keep up with the housework and educate your kids (and maybe even work on the side!). She blogs over at www.4onemore.com and hosts the Homeschool with Moxie podcast.