Homeschooling can be overwhelming at times. Occasionally we need someone to come alongside us and give us some good words that remind us of our vision and the reasons we started homeschooling in the first place. On this page, I’ve compiled some blogs, podcasts, verses, quotes and Bible verses to edify and encourage you on this incredibly important journey.
Specifically, in this article you’ll find:
- Homeschool Mom Encouragement Through Devotional Time and Prayer
- Homeschool Mom Encouragement with Homeschool Blogs
- Homeschool Mom Encouragement with Homeschool Podcasts
- Funny and Encouraging Homeschool Mom Quotes
- Homeschool Mom Encouragement Through Homeschooling Friends
- Homeschool Moms, Remember Why You’re Homeschooling!
- “What are some good traits to have if you’re a homeschool mom?” – my favorite bit.
Encouraging Bible Verses for the Weary Homeschooling Parent
Did you know the word ‘Bible’ means ‘to drink’? This is because the Bible is the place we find refreshment when we’re feeling spiritually dehydrated and in need of help and wisdom. The Bible has a lot to say to encourage the weary homeschooling mother. Below are some encouraging verses to give us hope and remind us who’s in control when things seem out of control!
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.’” Mark 10:27
“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
“The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23-24
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Psalm 23: 5-6
We can find shelter and peace under God’s wings. Pray to Him now for peace and contentment. He is willing to help and generous with His gifts.
Bible Verses about Mothers
A homeschooling mother has a very special place in her family. Among many roles, he is her husband’s helper and her children’s teacher. Many work tirelessly, preparing lessons and cleaning the home well after children are in bed and husbands are relaxing. This can be overwhelming and sometimes feel like a thankless task. However, you should know that God sees your hard work and will reward you in time. Here are some verses that you might find encouraging on the matter:
Listen, my son, to your father’s instructions and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Proverbs 1:8
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. Proverbs 31:15-17
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. Proverbs 31:26
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. Deuteronomy 6:6-7
And this is your reward for doing it so well…
Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:28
I have a Pinterest board about Prayerful Homeschooling because it reminds me that homeschooling won’t succeed well without a lot of prayers. God promises to help us with our day-to-day activities and cares about even the small things in life.
Encouragement from this Homeschool Mom
When asked what she would say to encourage another homeschooling mom who was having a tough day, one of my friends, Ticia from AdventuresinMommydom said this:
Some days you will want to put your kids in public school, when that happens, stop. Grab your favorite beverage (mine is Dr Pepper), your favorite snack (mine is chips and salsa), a good book, and lock yourself in your room for one hour. When you come out, the house will be a mess, but your attitude will be much better.
Encouraging Home Education Blogs
A great place to find homeschool mom encouragement on a daily basis is by listening to homeschooling blogs, videos, and podcasts. A good homeschool blog for:
- Preschool-aged kids is Teach Preschool
- Kindergarten-aged kids is Counting Coconuts
- Confessions of a Homeschooler is also great if you have older children
- If you know of any others, please link them in the comments.
Keeping yourself informed and one step ahead will go a long way to reducing your stress. Knowing why your kids are acting the way they are and what they’re studying will help you feel like you’re in control of their education. For this reason, it’s important to keep reading books about homeschooling and reading helpful blogs that educate you about different teaching philosophies and how to effectively form a child’s character in a godly manner.
There are many homeschooling blogs that do this. I’ve developed my blog to be a ‘starting homeschooling blog’ with encouraging help for parents who don’t have a clue. Perhaps this is because I’ve felt clueless myself and the answer has been to educate myself on the areas I’m not familiar with. It is important to spend a lot of time investigating different curriculum, homeschooling methods, and other common homeschooling faqs. Perhaps my blog won’t work for you, but here are some other ideas (linked here) you might find helpful.
If you’d like a podcast that keeps you informed about politics and changing legalities around education (specifically Christian home education) in America, Kevin Swanson’s Generations Radio Program is for you. Swanson has been doing Christian radio for years. He does many programs that focus on homeschooled students and their graduates (although not all programs are purely home-education-focused).
Swanson is a Christian homeschooling graduate, pastor, and father of five homeschooled children himself. As such, he talks from the perspective of knowing what homeschooling is like and being a home educating parent himself. His programs also show us that, while homeschooling is not a panacea, it can be superior to a public school education if done in a loving, Christian environment.
Podcast from Homeschool On
Another podcast I enjoyed was Rebecca Spooner’s Keep Calm and Homeschool On podcast. Spooner discusses different topics including curriculum choices and the frustrations that come with being a homeschooling parent. I’ve noticed she’s very empathetic and able to understand where you’re at when you’re at the end of your tether and need some encouragement. This is something I particularly liked about her podcast.
Audio Resources from Five in a Row
These audio files are a set of talks from Steve Lambert from Five in a Row offering parents homeschooling encouragement. They include the following talks:
- Where do I begin?
- I can’t teach all grades at once!
- On being a great teacher
- Making your children into world changers
- High School and Beyond
The talks are $5 each.
Funny and Encouraging Homeschool Mom Quotes
A great characteristic to have if you’re a homeschooling parent is the ability to laugh at yourself. The style of education you’ve chosen certainly isn’t mainstream and comes with its own set of peculiarities. These are reflected in the funny and encouraging quotes from home educating parents below.
Even though I was talking to myself, I am not crazy. I’m a homeschool mom and that was just a parent-teacher conference. – Unknown author
I homeschool because I have seen the village and I don’t want it raising my kids. – Unknown author
So if I put the kids in daycare and work, I’ll bring home exactly $56 after paying for daycare…yeah, that sounds worth it. – Unknown author
It’s not my credentials that qualify me to teach my child. It’s my God who made me qualified when he made me a Mom! – Tamara L. Chilver
A teaching degree is to homeschooling as a culinary degree is to grandma’s cooking…it just can’t touch the love, care and personal standard that only she can stir in. – Dawn Shelton
Encouragement Through Homeschooling Mentors
Probably the best way to reduce your stress when you’re having a hard day is to talk to a parent you love and respect. You can find many great mentors in local social groups in your area. These groups provide a great opportunity to meet experienced home educators who will encourage you and show you what helped them (and what failed miserably!). Being able to talk over issues that arise (and a lot will arise!) is gold.
Remember Why You’re Home Educating!
Remembering your homeschooling vision is helpful when you’re having a disastrous day. Although we may not feel like we’ve succeeded on any one day, it’s good to remember that every day doesn’t have to be a success, so long as homeschooling is a success overall.
Thinking about your reasons for homeschooling is vital. It’s encouraging when you think over the progress you’ve made compared to when your children were in school. For example, are:
- they less stressed?
- their grades better?
- they better behaved now?
- family relationships improved?
- educational philosophies more Christ-centered?
Sometimes you can lose the vision of why you’re homeschooling when things get tough and you get stressed, but reviewing your progress is tremendously encouraging.
Some days are hard when you’re homeschooling. On these days, many parents consider putting their children back into school. But, it’s important home educators encourage themselves by reminding themselves of the reasons they’re home educating. Try to recall all the days that were pleasant and joyful and you felt like you made great progress. Realize this might only be a phase, and tomorrow is always a new day. Remember, you can also change your curriculum or homeschooling method which does wonders for many homeschools!