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 time to adjust to the new schedule and way of doing things. You may feel like you aren’t accomplishing near as much as you had scheduled out. But don’t
give up. It will take some time to adjust and find your groove. Don’t be afraid to scrap everything you planned and try something else if it’s not working. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a few weeks
or more to get into the routine. Don’t
be afraid to reach out and ask for help and advice. Oftentimes we find that we scheduled too much! One of my biggest challenges: There are always so many good things and we want to do them all! How do you pick which good things to study and participate in? It’s usually trial and error. When that happens, I admit it, and make the very hard decision to back out of one or more of the things that we had signed up for.
Q Do you have any advice for parents who are not homeschooling, but are
What have you
Due to COVID-19 and
trying to help their children with virtual learning at home during COVID?
  learned during your homeschooling experience about being a better teacher and a better mom?
plans and our ideas about how things should be and how the days should
go. Homeschooling has challenged me on that and taught me to slow down, take stock of where my children are emotionally, and focus on those needs as well as their educational needs. I have learned and still am learning how to provide for the whole child.
“(Homeschooling) is no longer an obscure education option reserved for only the extremely passionate. It’s so customizable
to each family and student.”
experiences with virtual learning, more parents are considering homeschooling this year. What would be your advice to new homeschoolers?
A I feel there may be a few universal guidelines for helping children
 A It’s so easy for us as parents, homeschooling or not, to have our
Embrace flexibility. Your schedule
with their education regardless of what form it is coming in. As parents, or at least for me, I often have a picture in my head of how the day is going to go. That doesn’t always align with where my children are at with their emotional, physical and spiritual needs. Take time to pause what we are doing, address the child’s non-academic needs, so we can regroup and return to the education work. Even still, there are just going to be days that are hard. Understanding that and being ready to face those hard days is just going to be part of it. I know that everyone is starting an education journey that is different this year, even us “veteran homeschoolers.” So, if we can all grant ourselves the grace and flexibility to experience the hard days and still stick with the very hard but rewarding work of education, I think we will all be okay. Maybe what we learn this year will be more important than just academics.
  will look different, each child will respond differently, and that curriculum you spent hours researching might not work for your family. It may take some
  Q How can parents better balance the
 responsibilities of being a parent and being a teacher?
A When a parent also becomes the teacher, roles blend into one
 and it can become confusing for both parent and child. It can definitely be a challenge to take on both roles. I think this is one of the things many fear about
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