Gratitude can transform many aspects of our lives and homeschooling is no exception! Find out how to shift your focus to one of thankfulness and how it can transform your homeschool in so many ways!
When I look back at the beginning of my homeschool journey 13 years ago I realize that I am not the same mom I was then. I am more patient, more laid back, more accommodating, and more confident. See we all evolve as parents, and homeschooling is no exception. Like with most things my oldest was a guinea pig and got a lot of trial and error!
I found that when I was teaching him it often turned into stress and butting heads. He cried over spelling tests and I got frustrated with him. I didn’t know then that if every checkbox on the curriculum page wasn’t checked it was ok. I didn’t know then to let him go more at his own pace, and I wasn’t yet very good at taking a deep breath and letting things go.
I am thankful that over the years I have changed, I am thankful that I learned along the way and that through the course of homeschooling, despite my screw ups I have developed a great relationship with my kids. And I am thankful that I learned how much gratitude helps in transforming your homeschool.
Gratitude has transformative power in every aspect of our lives. It can help us look for the good, focus on what we have instead of what we don’t, it helps us be mindful of our blessings and helps us to move through life in a state of appreciation and abundance instead of lack. And our homeschool is no exception to its power.
I found in our home when I learned to look at things through the lens of gratitude it changed my perspective, it changed my approach and it changed how I viewed my kids, how I viewed the responsibility of teaching them, and how I viewed homeschooling in general.
So I wanted to share with you today how gratitude can transform your homeschool from one of stress to one of peace!
Gratitude replaces fear– I don’t know about you but when I started homeschooling I was afraid. I was afraid that I was going to screw up and not teach my kids what they needed to know. I was afraid there would be gaps in their learning, I was afraid that I was just doing everything wrong…. It was the responsibility of not only parenting them but also taking care of their education that weighed on me. Fear is a powerful emotion that often manifests as other things like frustration, anger… nothing good. By replacing fearful thoughts with ones of gratitude it shifts your focus and helps you see things in a more positive light. Instead of, “I’m afraid I won’t be able to teach them these math lessons” you can think, “I’m thankful that I have the resources to figure this out.” Instead of “I’m afraid they’re not progressing fast enough.” You can think, “I’m thankful they are at home and can work at their own pace.”
That shift in thought pattern takes practice, but when you find yourself with fearful thoughts try replacing them with something you can be thankful for!
Gratitude helps you see progress– When we focus on what we’re thankful for we can start to see progress in our kids and our homeschool. When we take the time to realize that we’re thankful that they’ve learned that math concept, or mastered a reading level, we focus on what they are learning and how far they’ve come. Writing down what we’re grateful for every day can help us have a record to go back and look to see not only how far our children’s education has come but also our own attitude!
Gratitude helps you focus on the positive – There is no way to be negative and thankful in the same thought, it is impossible. So when we look to focus on gratitude we start to focus on positive things and the negative doesn’t have as much power. When we are only looking for things to be thankful for we are looking only for positive things. It makes it easy to let go of misbehaviors or annoyances. When our kids ask for their 10th snack of the day and we focus on being thankful that they are healthy and growing instead of the disruption we are kinder and more patient.
Gratitude helps you connect with your kids– We can all sense other’s feelings and kids are no exception. When they feel positivity coming from you they respond. We all like to be appreciated, and feeling that way is a direct result of feeling gratitude from someone else. When your kids pick up the vibe that you are happy and thankful to be teaching them, thankful for the work their doing, thankful for their good behavior they want to do more of it! They feel loved, appreciated, and more connected.
There are difficult days on our homeschool journeys days when finding things to be thankful for maybe hard. We may simply be thankful that the day is over and we can try again tomorrow! Consistently practicing gratitude can change your perspective on many aspects of life and homeschooling is no exception.
A great way to practice is by writing down every day 5-10 things that you are thankful for. Keep a small notebook, or a special journal (I’ve designed an encouragement and gratitude journal just for homeschool moms!) Or just make it a point to think of things at the end of the day that you can be thankful for. It’s an easy practice and one that makes an incredible difference!
Try it for a month and see the difference you’ll be glad you did!