Homeschooling can often feel like a Catch 22, especially as the excitement of the start of school turns into the more challenging scene of trying to keep the learning going amidst darker and shorter days and increased cold and sickness.
For those unfamiliar with the term, a Catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules or limitations. The term originates from the novel Catch-22 by Joseph Heller in 1961.
And boy, homeschoolers know that feeling when the idea of Consistency comes up.
Utah's own Homegrown Homeschooler, ToriAnn Perkey, shares 4 Myths of Consistency that homeschoolers believe, as well as 4 Truths of Consistency of things that we can do and are actually doing in our homes.
Her 4 Myths are:
She Always Has It All Together
She Does the Same Thing, Everyday, In the Same Order
She Always Finishes What She Starts
She Always Knows What She Is Doing
Sound familiar? And are you dying to know what you are actually doing, consistently, in your homeschool, without even being aware of it?
There are nights when we don't eat dinner and my kids make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. There are times when I look around and I think that cobweb has been in the corner for six months. Homeschool moms don't have it all together. We're figuring it out all the time. It really is a sheen that it looks like we have it together, but we don't.
Here are ToriAnn's 4 Truths of a Consistent Homeschool Mom:
Trust the Process
Push Through Resistance
Find Your Own Rhythm
These are things that really can be true as you seek to have consistency in your homeschooling!
ToriAnn Perkey has been homeschooling since 2004, when her oldest daughter was 3 1/2. She is a mother, mentor, teacher, presenter, and musician. One of her favorite pastimes is learning about ... anything! Find her and other Homegrown Utah Homeschoolers here on our website.