It’s perfectly fine to be proud of our work as homeschooling parents, right? Perhaps. But watch out, because I’ve found six ways that pride can actually mess up our homeschool experience if we’re not careful. Are you ready to get crazy real in episode 4?
What’s in this episode of the Crazy Real, Real Crazy podcast, Amy?
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In today’s What the Kids Think segment, my oldest son (14) tells us what he thinks was better about homeschooling when he was younger, and what he thinks is better about homeschooling now. He also cracks a couple jokes that I opted not to edit out. 😉
In our main topic segment of today’s episode, I talk about pride and how it:
- asks us to care what other homeschoolers think about how we are or aren’t teaching our kids,
- makes us compare our homeschool set-up to how other homeschools are set up,
- makes us feel that what we are doing is better or worse than what’s actually going on,
- causes us to second guess everything,
- takes over when we boast about our kids…or worry they aren’t doing enough,
- relates to what we say about “grade levels” in homeschooling,
- makes us think we have to reinvent the educational wheel…about everything,
- causes us to assume that public school parents/teachers just can’t possibly understand us, and…
- makes us turn education into a race or a contest. For real.
I also talk about:
- a super ridiculous but super real story about a certain time in homeschooling that pride got the best of me, and…
- how we can get caught up in wanting our kids to make us look good as homeschooling parents…and where this comes from.
A quote from this episode you will probably want to write down:
“If you choose to homeschool, you have to know that your children’s educational needs come before your fear of what other people think of them.”
Links I reference in this episode…
- CRRC episode 003: Why Homeschool Labels Shouldn’t Matter
- How to make a borax snowflake
- One of the things my guys really enjoy is Rocksmith — it’s like Guitar Hero, but you use an actual electric guitar. (Your own, of course. It’s not provided with the game.)
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