I think it is probably safe to say that at some point in time all parents second guess or worry that choices they have made aren’t the best ones for their children. As a homeschooler doubt often crops up when our kids struggle with a topic or when we are feeling overwhelmed. While I have been homeschooling for a while now I still deal with self-doubt on occasion and I have to stop myself from having a panic attack.
Providing my children with the highest quality of education is so important to me and this can sometimes feel like a heavy load to carry. I want to make sure that I fill in as many holes as possible so that when they are ready to step out on their own they have the tools they need to be successful.
Recently, I had a very proud moment that helped me push my doubt aside and appreciate the choices we have made to homeschool our children. My oldest who is 11 years old was watching an episode of “Magic School Bus” where they were discussing the rock cycle. He was intrigued by the information presented but wanted to get more information. Without being prompted he began to look through our personal library for books on the topic and pulled up information on the internet. He spent the entire afternoon reading about the rock cycle and when he was done he excitedly educated the entire family on what he had learned.
Moments like these are so sweet and they make me so proud. Our goal all along has been to teach our kids how to learn so that they know how to find answers for themselves. Watching my son explain what he had learned was so rewarding and it was a proud moment for both my husband and I. It’s funny how these moments usually occur when grains of doubt begin to take seed but I am so thankful for them because they calm my fears and help me refocus.
We will continue to provide as many resources as possible so that our kids can continue to learn about the things that interest them. Simply teaching our kids how to safely find credible information online and within our local library has given them the tools they need to be independent learners.
What proud moment have you recently shared with one of your children?