As one of the few 2nd generation families, I suggest the power of homeschooling humor is something we can tap into to make things more fun.
In fact I think it's an essential part of homeschooling!
I have been teaching you lots of techniques to make homeschool the best and most fulfilling thing you've ever done.
So I thought we would start today with a bit of a laugh.
Because one of the secrets of homeschooling is to stay light on your feet!
Everything can get a bit heavy when you're teaching your children at home.
We all have moments when the responsibility feels a bit overwhelming.
I've got two Courageous Homeschooling tips:
The first is humor.
If you can make a joke out of a difficult situation, the kids lighten up – and so do you!
Lesson Four looked at creating your own special place with all the things that make you feel good.
Just to show what a difference it makes, Susanne has shared her affirmations, love and positivity board.
Adding some jokes and humor into the mix is a great way to start your day!
The second tip is to use one of Susan Jeffers tools from her book: Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway.
It's three little words.
But boy do they make a difference!
It's the magic: It doesn't matter
Look at how that plays out in a typical homeschooling day:
You have a really difficult, challenging time trying to get your child interested in doing some math. They yawn, lie down on the floor and stick their feet in the air (that's a real-time glimpse into one of our days!).
You could say to yourself:
“She'll never learn. What if she never gets a grasp of numbers? She'll have to go back to school – I can't do this.”
See how your fears and insecurities start running away with you?
Or you could hold onto a fundamental truth.
Because today is only today.
Look how our positive thinking words are helping us! It takes all the sting away and stops you feeling a failure.
Now maybe math lessons are always like that – they were in my house!
But you will handle it. You'll spend some time learning how to make your homeschool work for all of you.
And you'll find a solution that works for all of you.
Meantime, back to the fun and frolics.
Us homeschoolers can take ourselves very seriously!
So make use of the power of homeschooling humor and look at things that make you smile.
Find quotes and silly things to put up which will make your house fun to be in.
You can see I have a page here on my site which shares inspirational quotes, encouragement and humor.
Laughter is a great way to make Courageous Homeschooling fun.
My homeschool daughter Catherine has made you some beautiful miniature dragon totems as a fantastic and fun way to help you keep on track.
Here's a picture of Dragon of Patience - I'm sure she could help us all!
Each Dragon Totem comes with a scroll outlining her powers, and Dragon of Patience has this wisdom to share:
Tell us when you order you are from the course we will give you this FREE booklet full of Dragon of Peace's advice.
Inside you will find:
1. Dragon of Peace's guidelines for finding peace.
2. Inspiring quotes and humor.
3. Activities and tips.
Exactly the sort of thing we need to help us through the ups and downs of homeschooling!
They each come in their own individual silver leatherette box.
Catherine can also make totems to order - so if your homeschool is in need of a confidence boost, enlist some dragon power!
What a brilliant way to celebrate what all the things we've been achieving on this course.
P.S. Please share your favorite homeschooling humor in our Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group.
You can get this beautiful Journal to go with the course which gives you:
The Courageous Homeschooling Journal is a guided journal to give you the space to think about - and write down - what you really want from homeschooling.
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