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Homeschooling is Hard Work

I’ll be the first person to tell you that homeschooling is the best decision that we could have ever made for our family. It’s amazing, and fun, and silly, and challenging and all the wonderful things that one would imagine.

It’s also hard.

Some days, it’s like being pecked to death by chickens while trying to recite the multiplication tables.

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It’s not hard for the reasons you may think.

No, no, finding curriculum and co-ops and entertaining yet educational field trips can be a hassle at times, but it’s part of the “job”. It’s hard because you’re around your kids 24/7. It’s hard because siblings argue. A lot. Sure my kids are sweet and polite and well mannered when we’re “out there”, but when we’re home…. oh sweet baby buffalo, when we’re home things can change.



I giggle when folks say that our kids will never know what it’s like to be bullied.

Those folks must not have more than one child. We socialize with every age group and various walks of life, in our daily journeys. Socialization happens naturally, and so does the bullying. [I’m talking about sibling rivalry, not bullying as it’s commonly thought of.]


I always know when we need to shift gears, when the “what” that we’ve been doing, isn’t working for us anymore. How do I know this? Well, because our 2 oldest children bicker and argue more. They do little things that they know get on the nerves of the other, just to get a rise out of them. It’s a form of entertainment, I think. So I have to think fast and change up the plans.

I’m certainly not a parenting expert, I only have my opinions and what has worked for our family. When our boys bicker and “fight”, we MUST change gears. I find often times that boredom is the trigger. When this happens, I KNOW it’s time to get us outside.


Take a look at some ideas for field trips on a shoestring budget, that we’ve managed to make part of our unschool.

It’s not easy, this homeschool life.

It’s not always rainbows and lollipops and any homeschooler that tells you that it is? Well, they’re lying to you. I wouldn’t trust them on that topic, buy them a cup of coffee and or a bottle of wine. They need it.

When the days are good, they’re so so very good. They’re truly the best days of our lives. The laughter that fills the air, the overall loving feeling that is present can’t be topped by anything. They’re siblings, and at the end of the day, I know they mean the world to one another. I know this with all of my heart.

That’s important.

When you hear the saying, “The days are long but the years are short.”, I’m pretty sure a homeschooler came up with that phrase. It’s very true. The faster the years pass, the more I wish I had held on to the days a little bit tighter, even tho they’re challenging.

I suppose that on the bright side, I should be thankful that the only trouble they are giving us is the bickering and disagreements. There are so many other things they could be doing that aren’t so pleasant. They’re not licking windows either.

Except, I would like a little help cleaning the windows.

                            How do you cope with sibling rivalry?

                                Leave your ideas in the comments.

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10 thoughts on “Homeschooling is Hard Work”

  • Oh yes, I can relate. And I say that often about how the days are long but the years are short. They’re going by even faster now that my boys are 15 and 16. Dealing with sibling rivalry… I’ve noticed that my boys have gotten along so much better since they’ve grown out of the tween years. They have become best buddies! 🙂

  • I always say the same thing too! When the bickering reaches new levels we either need to get out and explore the real world or make drastic changes in our schoolwork/ day to shake things up. Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Learn. Pinned!

  • Homeschooling must be the hardest job around!!! I’m not sure I could do it. I love my children more than life itself but I get frustrated enough listening to my child attempting to read, lol, I’m not sure I have the patients for teaching. I admire anyone who does and chooses this route.

    • It’s not as hard as you may think. You taught your children all they knew before they started public school, you could do this. I promise. While I do respect that homeschooling may not be for everyone, I also believe that everyone CAN homeschool.

  • I love this post! Oh, so true. My 2 little boys do so much fighting and bickering it makes me want to pull my hair out most of the time…lol. But, an outsider had better not try to mess with one of them…if they do, they’re liable to have the whole tribe out on the warpath! You’re right, homeschooling is hard, and there are days when I feel like we don’t do much but tread water. But I wouldn’t trade the insanity for anything!

    • I jokingly say that there are days that I understand why wild animals eat their young! Clearly, they’re homeschoolers too. Like you, I wouldn’t trade it for anything on earth. The days are long but the years are so incredibly short. 😉

  • I think the idea of homeschooling is amazing. Who better to manage your child’s education but the person who knows them best. With that being said, I know I’m not cut out for it. I’m not patient enough, and I struggle enough trying to help with homework and remember all those things I learned in school. I wish it was something I was confident in because I know my children would really benefit. I applaud you for being able to do this with your family. Thank you for sharing this post in the All For Mamas Link Party Week 11 #allformamas. don’t forget to finish the steps in the link party and I will share your post on the All for Mamas Facebook group page, my facebook page – Blended Life Happy Wife, pinterest, twitter, stumbleupon and google +.

  • What a great honest post. I love homeschooling, but it is definitely challenging and I think it helps me learn and grow as much as them. I used to fear she would have trouble socially if we homeschooled but my husband pushed for it and I’m so glad he did. Looking back there’s really nothing I learned from the public school experience, I didn’t like it and would’ve loved homeschool too!

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