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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Mom is my teacher?

This is the time of year when veteran homeschoolers are getting back in the routine, and those who have chosen to move their students from public or private school to homeschooling are facing the unavoidable transition time.

There have been times in our 15+ years of homeschooling that my kids have given me the look that says "who says you get to be our teacher?" Or when we've faced a particularly difficult math or science concept, they seem to be thinking "are you sure that's right? I mean, it's not like you're a teacher or anything!" If these "doubts" come from students who have known nothing but homeschooling, imagine the leap of faith it takes for kids who are used to "real" teachers.

The fact of the matter is, we are "real" teachers. From the day we brought those wee ones home from the hospital we have been teaching them ... how to speak, how to eat, how to dress themselves, how to avoid the dangers in life, and so on ... In fact, I would argue that I am my child's best teacher.

So if you've made the leap to homeschooling this year, and your children are doubting your credentials for teaching ... loving persistence is the best response. If *you* believe in yourself as teacher, you will be better able to present a confident front as you begin each school day. In those areas where you doubt or struggle with your ability to teach, be transparent with your kids and tell them you'll be learning together. But never let them doubt your "right" to be their teacher. Give them space to adjust to this "new" role you've undertaken, but remain firm in your expectations of their respect.

Blessings on your new school year!!

~Judy

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