As a homeschooling mom, it’s easy to get so focused on the process we forget to realize that our children need a boost from us every now and then to help them succeed. Just like us, they can struggle with a lack of motivation and even burn out from time to time. Sometimes, we need to give them that extra incentive to keep going. Read on for five fabulous ways to help your homeschooler succeed.
1) Be a Cheerleader
The Bible says that we are to encourage one another and build each other up. So often, it’s easy to lose sight of the big picture among the daily grind. As homeschooling moms, one of the most important things you can do is encourage your child. The curriculum is only part of the lesson, your attitude and how well you encourage your child can make or break the homeschooling experience. Out children crave our attention and approval, and sadly, if we don’t give it to them, they will seek it elsewhere, often with disastrous results.
2) Reward Efforts
Every child is an individual and has individual needs emotionally. Some children respond well to a hug and a sincere compliment; other kids need tangible rewards. A tangible reward can be something as simple as an extra half hour on the computer or an ice cream with mom or dad. Often a reward of one on one time with a parent is a great way to tie heart strings and reward your child for a job well done. Study your child, and learn to communicate your approval and encouragement in a way that speaks directly to them.
3) Take Learning Beyond the Books
Lifelong learning extends way beyond books. Look for creative ways for your child to learn. Hit up a museum, or art exhibit. Explore the nature trails at a state park. Go to a concert. Volunteer at a nursing home or soup kitchen to teach compassion and move your family out of your comfort zone. Philip Pullman said, “True education flowers at the point when delight falls in line with responsibility.” Step outside the box and ignite your child’s passion for true learning.
4) Let Them Make Mistakes
Mistakes are a part of life. We need to prepare our children for success, and part of that is preparing them for life’s little mistakes that inevitably come. How a child handles failure speaks volumes about his or her character. We need to encourage our children to keep trying until they find a solution to their problems. Tenacity is a skill many young adults lack in our society and teaching our children to persevere gives them an edge in life and the workplace.
Last but definitely not least, pray with and for your children. As parents, our task is one of such great importance that we will fail without the Lord’s help. So many times I am at a loss as to how to deal with a discipline issue or an educational issue. I find that when I lay my heart before my Heavenly Father, the solutions become obvious. Homeschooling is a sacred calling, and one that is next to impossible without the wisdom and peace that comes from time spent in prayer.