Monday, April 1, 2013

All About the Attitude

**For those of you joining me from the AtoZ challenge, welcome! I'm homeschooling through the alphabet.**

One of the most important factors in homeschooling is the way I approach each day. It's all about my attitude.

A is for Attitude

Homeschooling 5 small people has its challenges. First of all, I'm very much outnumbered. There's 1 of me and 5 of them, at 4 different levels. (Thankfully, the twins work at the same level - most of the time.) Each of the small people require my attention/help/assistance during the day. There are only so many hours in our school day because we have activities in the afternoon - soccer practice, ballet rehearsal, etc. 

Instead of allowing myself to be overwhelmed by all of this, I have to make sure I approach each day with the right attitude. I only have a limited number of years raising each of my small people. In fact, my time with The Boy is more than halfway over before he heads off to college. I couldn't imagine giving any of that time to strangers for 6-8 hours a day if I sent them to a brick and mortar school.

When things get difficult, I think about the benefits. The fact that I get to be the one who hears them read their first stories, who sees the light bulb go on when they finally understand a concept. I see the relationships building among the small people. Would they be as close if they went to separate classrooms all day? I don't know. But I do know that there would be far fewer moments when Soccer Girl sits down with Sassy Pants to help her learn her letter sounds and read simple words. Far fewer moments when we all start laughing hysterically over something The Boy says during history (an almost daily occurrence).

I wouldn't change my days, as crazy as they may be sometimes, for ANYTHING!

What do you do to make sure you have a good attitude?

A is also for Arlee Bird, the founder of the Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.
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