In closing our “Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling,” let me simply encourage you with this: your “worst” days in your homeschooling may actually be your “best” days. A long day of whining and complaining children may mean you were being an awesome parent and laying down good, loving, wholesome boundaries. Today I want to encourage you to be the mean mom because in doing so you may be the most loving mom. This is part ten of my Top Ten Tips for Homeschooling series. Find links to the other tips below.
Be the mean mom.
Sometimes it’s hard to be the mean mom. But, in doing so you may really be the most loving mom.
To shelter their innocence, you said no to that dark TV show.
To keep them healthy, you said no to the ice cream man right before dinner.
To protect your daughter’s purity, you said no to that one edgy-looking outfit.
Did your child cry, pout, or stomp off? Maybe. And you may need to deal with their disrespect later. But at that moment of firmness, you know you did right when you had to be the mean mom. And you know why you did it. You did it because you love them more than they will ever know.
So, don’t measure the good or bad of your homeschool days by how much peace was in your home. Some days there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth because you did your job well. It was a good thing that you were willing to be the mean mom. Congratulations!