The Polar Bear Plunge!

How I can remember the first morning standing at the front door watching the yellow bus drive by. I can remember the coffee freezing for a moment in my throat. Was I doing the right thing? This was going to be big, viagra buy life altering day.

My daughter was in her pajamas and finishing up her breakfast. She didn’t know that this was a special morning. She didn’t know that mommy was melting down and having a minor anxiety attack on the inside. All she knew was today we were opening the special box of books mommy had bought just for her.

I faced homeschooling like a polar bear swimming plunge.

I awaited the cold biting sting of the water to hit. The slap of reality that I was off my rocker and doing something crazy. We pulled out the box of books. I took a deep breath and plunged in.

Homeschooling was fun!

Homeschooling took less time than I had expected!

Homeschooling was a delightful experience for my daughter and myself!

That beautiful little smiling face is now facing her first year in high school. Yes, diagnosis there is still a smile on her face. Okay, total honesty, when we worked out her whole curriculum for the year there were grimaces too.

We have been through good times when learning came easily and fun. Low times when her dyslexia made me wonder if reading would ever come. All those other times that bind it together have filled my home for years.

Homeschooling has brought my home joy and delight.

This may feel like you are about to jump into 30 something degree water. You may feel the same dread I had that day. Let me give you the best piece of advice I can, relax. Allow your homeschooling to develop over time.

You will most likely have those mountain top highs and valley lows. Keep your eyes on the big picture the dream of your child’s life and future adulthood. Teach your child that big picture dream so they can embroider it make it their own an even more wonderful as they grow. Homeschooling allows so much more than education.

Relax, you aren’t alone. There is no polar plunge today! Instead a new rhythm of life and a new season of growth. I pray you enjoy homeschooling as much as my family has!


  1. Thank you so much for this post, this is such a timely message. We just pulled our child out of school and I’m officially homeschooling now and broke down earlier over it. I know there are so many benefits but there is always that doubt in that back of my head, I just want to do what’s right for my child.

  2. Great post! This my 6th year homeschooling. wow has the time flown by! When I first started homeschooling I thought I was totally crazy. I was only giving it go because my husband wanted me to. Now, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I still have my days when I wonder what the heck I’m doing, but at the end of the day, I know deep down I couldn’t send them to public school. We love almost everything about schooling at home. There are lows and highs but you learn to work through it all.

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