There’s no right or wrong when it comes to homeschooling. There’s only what’s right for your child, your family. Right here and right now. #homeschooling #learnathome

If you spend any amount of time on Instagram or Pinterest, you could be forgiven for thinking that homeschooling is all about aesthetically pleasing classrooms, blackboards with sweet folk art in the corner, cute resources, happy nature treks and various sensory bins or learning stations.

And it can be. Homeschooling can be whatever you want it to be. That’s the beauty of it.

But what often won’t be shared about homeschooling is that it can be really messy. Learning isn’t always linear. Days are sometimes crazy. Life happens.

Homeschooling can be incredibly flexible but structure might work best some days.

It can be really hard, but also intensely rewarding.

It’s time-consuming but not all-consuming.

Learning won’t always happen inside four walls, or behind a desk, or with someone who’s 30 years your senior.

It’s part of who we are but it’s not our identity. It doesn’t define me, or my children or our family.

If you’re thinking about homeschooling, probably the best thing you can do is to park your expectations at the door. No two days will be alike. No two children’s learning needs are the same. Copying what you see on Instagram or Pinterest won’t necessarily work for your family, and might even create more angst and tension, because comparison… well, she’s the thief of joy, as you know.

Sure, ask questions of those who’ve gone before. Be inspired by those wonderful content creators who put lots of time and effort into creating incredible resources. Try new things.

But find your own way. There’s no right or wrong when it comes to homeschooling. There’s only what’s right for your child, your family. Right here and right now.

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