CRRC Podcast 006: Always Together – Handling Relationships in A Homeschooling Family

CRRC Podcast 006: Always Together – Handling Relationships in A Homeschooling Family
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How many of you decided to homeschool partly because family is important? Because you really wanted to know these people you live with? Because you wanted lots of family togetherness?

Ok, now fess up. How many of you, at some point in your homeschooling journey, have locked yourself in the bathroom with some chocolate and some wine to escape all this blessed family togetherness?

Today on the podcast we’re talking about relationships within a home that schools and how to like the people you love. Grab yourself a cup of something awesome, and settle in for some crazy realness in episode 6.

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) answers a listener’s question: do you think parents should homeschool if they are worried about being around their kids all day long? It turns into an interesting conversation about whether or not he would homeschool his own kids, as well as how he thinks introversion and extroversion plays into the the success of a family’s homeschool experience.

In our main topic segment of today’s episode, I talk about the the reality of being part of a family that is always together due to homeschooling, and that…

  • It is okay to not always want to be with your kids. It’s totally okay. They don’t always want to be with you or each other.
  • Being “mom” and being “teacher” are SO not the same thing.
  • Most of us don’t know what it’s like to be homeschooled. We don’t know what it’s like to grow up being around our families all day, every single day.
  • Homeschool hubbies have their own things they are dealing with—make sure you’re talking with each other about your frustrations.

I also discuss:

  • Sometimes we are nicer to the people who aren’t in our home than we are to own family. Sometimes family just gets what’s left over.
  • Realize we all have different issues—the things you find annoying about your family might not be issues for other family members.
  • Men and women process things in totally different ways.
  • Sometimes we are annoyed and angry for a reason other than what’s actually happening in front of us—be honest about that with your family.
  • 99.9% of the time, your family is not purposely out to annoy you.
  • Stop keeping a tally of all the things people are doing to annoy you. There is no scorecard to turn in at the end of the day.
  • What are you doing to annoy your family? Are you brave enough to ask them?

Links you need:

The Homeschool Highway: How to Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick — a great chapter in here where I interviewed homeschooling husbands about things that frustrate them about the homeschool life.

A quote from this episode you might want to write down:

“A small trouble is like a pebble. Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus. Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified. Throw it at your feet and it can be seen in its true setting, just one more tiny bump on the pathway to life.

– Celia Luce”

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How many of you decided to homeschool partly because family is important? Because you really wanted to know these people you live with? Because you wanted lots of family togetherness? Ok, now fess up. How many of you, at some point in your homeschooling journey, have locked yourself in the bathroom with some chocolate and some wine to escape all this blessed family togetherness? Today on the podcast we're talking about relationships within a home that schools and how to like the people you love. Grab yourself a cup of something awesome, and settle in for some crazy realness in episode 6.

Tired of the sugarcoated version of homeschooling? Read my book The Homeschool Highway: How to Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick.

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