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Chemistry. Teen angst. Overwhelmed mom.
Sounds like a pretty scary combination, doesn’t it?
Yet this is what you’re imagining as you contemplate homeschooling high school, isn't it? And you are terrified. Your ability to teach chemistry (or lack thereof, hello) could affect your teen’s entire future for good, bad, or ugly — and you feel alone, uncertain, worried, and inadequate. Definitely inadequate. Am I right?
Well, you know what?
I believe EVERY mom can CONFIDENTLY, COMPETENTLY — and even CONTENTEDLY provide the COMPLETE high school education her teen needs.
Even ordinary moms like you and me.
You just delivered me a big helping of relief, encouragement, and HOPE! Thank you! I can do this! I am going to do this. Thank you, Ann! –Lauren
Reading your articles really helped me feel so much better… I honestly thought I was the only one who lay in bed at night, crying, while being a homeschool mom, because I was worried that I was failing, not doing enough, or that my kids were behind. Thank you sooooooo much for being so genuine and honest in your writing. –Sylvia
Thank you for this blog post and video. I was questioning myself and struggling with the entire homeschooling process. This was a much needed “reset” for me. Thank you! –Kelley
Imagine yourself making carefully-researched, confident decisions about what your teen should do — and doesn’t need to do — for a solid high school education that will pave the way for college acceptances or job offers.
Think about how great it would feel to no longer lie awake at night, worried that you aren’t doing enough for your teen to be ready for college (or whatever their next step is).
Consider what it would be like to have HOPE, rather than feeling defeated before you even start, and to know that you’re not alone — that there is a community of moms just like you who will laugh and cry with you as you navigate this “crazy” path.
And finally, envision yourself adjusting your teen’s tassle and cap, right before you hand over a totally legit, honest-to-goodness diploma — and most likely shed a few tears as you remember the journey that BOTH of you have now completed.
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I've been there.
As my own always-homeschooled first child neared high school age, I may or may not have started to panic. Now her entire future was completely dependent on ME. Would she be able to get into college, or even be ready for it? What if I was leaving something out? I thought we had to follow our local school district’s graduation requirements — but as I looked at them, I felt worried SICK.
My husband said some magic words: “Ann, we are homeschoolers. We don’t have to meet those. WE can decide what we want our children to do for high school.” I was dumbfounded — partly because who knew he had it in him? lol — but his words gave me hope. This high school thing suddenly seemed actually maybe kinda doable for even me, an ordinary mom.
Fast forward several years later, and we have graduated five children from our homeschool (the last in May 2021) — and they were all accepted into colleges and have become reasonably responsible members of society. Was it always easy? Of course not. But I learned that it doesn’t have to be that hard, either.
Now I consider the high school years to have been the best of our homeschool career — and so can you.
Here at It's Not That Hard to Homeschool, I’m all about providing information and resources to help you get there.
Here are some of my most popular articles:
Take a look at my book called Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School if you’re ready to dig into the nitty gritty of research and planning. It will start you at square one and take you step-by-step through the process of preparing to homeschool your teen, so that when you finish filling out all the pretty forms inside, you are one totally confident mom who knows what to do next and where you’re going from there. It’s available both as an ebook and paperback. You can see more about it here: Cure the Fear of Homeschooling High School: A Step-by-Step Handbook for Research & Planning.
OMG, you truly are an emotional life preserver in an ocean of chaos. I have a gifted up coming high-schooler and an opposite middle-schooler. Worry is my daily suit of armor. After reading and viewing your YouTube, etc., I feel as though I just went to a therapist for free, and it reduced my stress level. Thank you a million times over and God bless! –Catherine
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