It’s that special time of year again — a brand new year! This is the time where everyone is looking back to see how the year went. We are also looking ahead and making a resolution to make changes in the coming year. However, have you ever made new year resolutions for your homeschool? Let’s take a look at homeschool new years resolutions and how to keep them.
What are Homeschool New Year’s Resolutions?
You are familiar with the usual resolutions: lose weight, make more money, get in shape, get out of debt, etc. Most resolutions are lifestyle based, people want a better life in the coming year. We sometimes forget that homeschooling is a lifestyle. We get caught up in the books and checklists, we just want to get it all accomplished. A new year is a perfect time to reflect on your homeschooling journey and make plans for the future.
Remove the Unused in Your Homeschool
Let’s be honest, that curriculum that looked amazing in April has been a real struggle. That famous blogger loved it so much, and all your friends are using it. But, you are beginning to regret buying it. You may even be wondering what you are doing wrong! However, every family is different. What works for one, may not work for the next. Your homeschool should always be about your family’s needs and goals. Don’t ever feel like you need to keep up with the “better” homeschool moms.
Here’s a new year resolution idea — this new year resolve to let go whatever isn’t working. It may be painful, but you will not regret doing it. Imagine not dreading math, or cringing every time you open the geography program. It’s time to make a change and start fresh. For more decluttering tips, see our article on Conquering the Homeschool Clutter.
Make Time for Fun in Your Home
Your homeschool should always be more about home, and less about school. However, it is so easy to get caught in the “school” trap. You worry about getting it all done and want to give your children the best education. It seems the to-do list never ends. There are always new things to learn, and another box to check off.
But, our children will not be small forever. Your homeschool years will be over before you realize it. Now, providing good education and having high standards are important. However, the time we have with our children is fleeting. This year, take time for fun and build special memories together. Put aside the “have to’s” and “should have” items that are nagging at your brain. Simply, enjoy some time with your children without an agenda. If this is one of your homeschool resolutions this year, check out our growing collection of Free unit studies!
Resolve to Not be Supermom
There is plenty of pressure to do more and be more. We see it on social media, television, and magazines. Moms have stretched their schedule so thin already, but then they are worried about their day being Instagram worthy and Pinterest perfect. Stop trying to do it all! No one is perfect, and your children don’t need a supermom, they just need you! Instead of spending your time and energy trying to do the impossible, step back and do the every day. Life is not a race. It is a journey that will never be repeated.
Be willing to say no to stress and overdoing it. Make sure to say yes to taking care of yourself, enjoying time with your family, and embracing the life you have. Do what you need and what you want, but always in moderation.
How to Keep Your Homeschool New Years Resolutions
Making good new year’s resolutions is usually the easy part. Hope that the ones above gave you some inspiration to write your own. However, keeping them, that is a different story. Most resolutions don’t survive the first couple of weeks in January. The secret to keeping yours is to simplify and set up an accountability system. Instead of making 10 resolutions, start with two. Do what you know you can reasonably accomplish given everything else you are already doing.
Set up some sort of accountability system. This can be a simple checklist to run through each day to assess how you are doing with your resolutions. Or you could partner up with a fellow homeschool mom and become accountability partners. Commit to reaching out each week via email, text, or phone to check on how you are doing with your resolutions.
Here’s to another awesome year! What homeschool new year resolutions will you make?
These are wonderful bible verses for kids that will shape their character and deepen their faith. When hard times come, for the rest of their life, your child will be able to recall these words of comfort and instruction. Are you up for the challenge? Here are 52 bible verses to memorize in your homeschool for every week of 2020.
Free Homeschool New Year’s Activities
And, while you are making that new year resolution list for your homeschool, give the kids something fun with these wonderful free new year homeschool resources: