Hello! I am Heather Harris, a Texas elementary school teacher now homeschooling my 3 children in the San Francisco Bay Area, California. I post my best sellers from Teachers Pay Teachers here on my blog, and also post articles about things I'm teaching my own kids, or subjects that interest teachers (homeschool or otherwise).
Oh that little monster called Doubt. It sneaks in and robs you of your confidence and joy. Even if you can see it coming you are often not equipped to face it and make it flee.
It doesn't help that we hear the seeds of doubt all around us. If you tell someone that you homeschool, you'll most likely hear responses along the lines of:
I could never do that.
How are you going to teach them Algebra?
How do you know you're doing enough?
Don't you get burnt out?
When people ask you these questions, I am sure that their intentions are not to plant seeds of doubt. They are simply stating their own doubts and questions on how they would handle your situation. Anytime you do something outside the norm, you raise questions in each person you talk to about it.
Regardless of their intentions, these questions can find their way into our hearts and minds.
So what can you do about it?
1. Be prepared for these questions and understand the hidden power they contain. While it is a simple question or statement, it can plant itself if you are unaware.
2. Come up with some responses that will help you to deflect the doubt. Of course, be as nice as possible. You certainly don't ever have to defend your choices to anyone, but you should be watchful of the doubt monster.
3. Find a confidant that shares your views on homeschooling. This can be your spouse, family member, or close friend. If you're part of a homeschool group, this would be a great topic to discuss. Having a support system can help you navigate the tough patches. It's also comforting to know that other homeschool parents share the same struggles.
Be confident in who you are and the decisions you have made.