I found a lot of great insights in Jamie Erickson’s Homeschool Bravely. Erickson offers advice on how to bring confidence to parenting and homeschooling.
Every parent makes decisions that others question. Some people are great at letting the naysayer’s comments roll off their back. Other’s have the perfect rebuttal. I am not armed with either of those. I am forced to look elsewhere for ideas on what to do.
Although it was difficult for me to get into, Jamie Erickson’s book Homeschool Bravely offered great insights on finding confidence in parenting. Her book is geared towards homeschooling families, but there is a lot of advice for any parent.
There are three parts to the book. First, Erickson discusses the fear most parents face when making large decisions for their children. This fear seems daunting at first, which leads to part two where she dives into the struggles of learning confidence in parenting. Finally in part three she offers advice on how to become a brave teacher to your children. This is especially important for homeschool families, but applies to all parents.
We all struggle.
It is important to note that Erickson is well aware of the struggles parent’s face. Just because we become confident in our choices, does not mean there will not be difficulties. She specifically highlights juggling multiple children, dealing with struggling learners or children with disabilities, and accepting our own limitations as parents.
The most important thing we can do is figure out what our end goal is. What do we want our kids to know before they leave our house? What type of person do we want them to become? Have the end goal in mind in every decision you make. Stay the course even when you face criticism from others and you will see the fruit of your labor.
What limitations as a parent have gotten in your way? How are you choosing to overcome your fears and parent confidently?
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