Most days, my homeschool is like yours. My homeschool is not picture-perfect. It's a far cry from it. It’s messy. There may or may not be a morning meltdown, and we probably didn’t get started on time.
Guess what. I don’t care that my homeschool isn’t Instagram worthy and neither should you!
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I understand. The internal pressure we put on ourselves to be the perfect homeschool mom with a perfect family in a clean and expertly decorated and cleaned home is overwhelming. Why do we do this to ourselves? There is no such thing as perfect.
Embrace Imperfection in Your Homeschool
One way to bring peace to yourself and your homeschool is to embrace imperfection. Your homeschool does not have to be Insta-worthy to be meaningful. Your homeschool does not have to garner hundreds of likes to be effective. What your homeschool needs is you. Your homeschool needs your perfectly imperfect guidance and commitment to help your children succeed when it is all over.
Home educating is not for the faint of heart. It is hard. It takes someone willing to do the grunt work over many years to achieve the end goals. Homeschooling is work, and it takes tremendous effort at times just to make it through the day. To overcome the challenges faced while educating your children is more meaningful than a thousand photos.
Compare Yourself to You
Of course, you think your homeschool isn’t Instagram worthy. Comparing yourself to others leaves you with a sense of inferiority. Instead of comparing yourself to every other homeschool parent you come across, compare yourself to you.
I take a few moments on the first of the month to review the last month. I ask myself what worked, what didn’t, what I want to improve, and what I want to continue. This allows me to review the progress I’ve made over time and is much more useful than comparing myself and our homeschool to someone else.
Be Inspired By Other Homeschoolers
Acknowledge the beauty of the images on your Instagram feed. The person who took the photo snapped that shot to inspire other homeschoolers not to make them think less of themselves. The homeschoolers on Instagram are like you. They are working hard and overcoming struggles in their own homes. You are shown one moment in time, not all of their story.
Take what you can from the photos instead of worrying because your homeschool isn’t picture-perfect. Envious over an artful display of books? Explore the image further. Discover what you can take from the photograph. Buy that book you’ve been eyeing up, feature the books you own differently, get more light in your homeschool space, maybe even paint your existing shelf.
Invest Your Time Wisely
You know how the saying goes. Your grass is greener where you water it. Don’t worry yourself over what everyone else is doing. Work on you and your homeschool. Read the book on communication and then invest your time implementing the skills you learned. Aspire to make your homeschool better and work to achieve it.
For the record, better does not mean you are spending money to make it physically look like a magazine spread. Bettering your homeschool means becoming at peace with your homeschool and doing what you can to reach that goal.
Take a Break
If you cannot separate yourself from what you see online, it may be time to take a break until you can see the beauty in your homeschool. Self-destruction and loathing are not healthy, and to save the health of yourself, your family, and your homeschool you may need to take an enormous step back for a while.
Enjoy your life. It's the only one you have. You are not living for likes. Don't worry if your homeschool isn't Instagram worthy and be so busy living that you don't care!
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