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Reprioritize and save your sanity
Volume 44, Program 32
5/6/2003
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I have so many decisions to make! How can I set realistic priorities? Michael Farris gives homeschooling moms a boost today on Home School Heartbeat.

    Mike:

    My first rule for analyzing whether your homeschooling is a success is to check mom's sanity level. Good things always get in the way of mom's sanity. Unlike that wonderful mythological figure, the Perfect Homeschooling Mom, real moms have only got so much time and energy to spread between all their responsibilities.

    As Christians, our relationship with God is primary. If you stay up late every night grading the day's paperwork, and are too exhausted to read God's word, then maybe you need to use a correspondence program that will grade the work for you.

    As wives, your husband is next in line, not the children. If you are pouring every ounce of your strength into homeschooling and feel too exhausted at night to spend any time with him, try a different approach.

    Homeschooling moms often overwork themselves because they fear their kids will be missing something. Or they think they are failing to educate their children in just the "right" way.

    Here's the best way to solve that dilemma. Choose a homeschool curriculum that you like, and make sure it's easy to use! As long as it's adequate to teach the basics it doesn't have to be perfect. If it isn't easy, don't buy it.

    There is no perfect or right way to homeschool your children. You need to find the curriculum that keeps you sane. I'm Mike Farris.

Mike Farris gets letters from homeschooling moms all the time, seeking answers to some tough questions. The answers to these questions make up The Spiritual Power of a Mother, a great book for every homeschooling mom. And available for a minimum donation of just $10.00. Get your copy online at www.homeschoolheartbeat.com. That's www.homeschoolheartbeat.com.


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