I Can't Homeschool Because I Don't Have the Patience!



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Last week, I tackled a subject that had really been bothering me.  

I  want people who talk to me about homeschooling to Stop Telling Me Why They Can't Homeschool.

It was all a bit tongue and cheek, but I know there are a lot of reasons people give that are valid IN THEIR MINDS.

People who have been homeschooling any length of time know these reasons should not stop you from homeschooling.

But, when you are contemplating homeschooling, the reasons ARE VALID and HUGE.    

Believe me when I tell you, I GET IT.   

I thought about homeschooling for two years before our family took the plunge.   

I know every "excuse" in the book.

Today, I'd like to look at the number one reason people tell me they can't homeschool:

"I Don't Have the Patience!" 


Lest you think I am full of patience, please ask my children and my husband.    

Impatience is one of my defining characteristics, and I'm not proud of that.   I am constantly working on this.   

As I've been thinking about this subject, however, I've learned some important things.    

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Did you read that carefully?

Patience is not the ability to wait, but to keep a good attitude while waiting.

And guess what?

Attitude is something YOU CAN CONTROL.

Patience is not something bestowed on just a chosen few.

Patience is something to continually be worked on, prayed about, and sought after.

So, not to be flip about this, but not having patience doesn't disqualify you from homeschooling!

If you want to do what's best for your children, resolve to work on your patience.

If you are SERIOUS about homeschooling, then you will do everything in your power to make it work.  

.... and I KNOW you can do it.   

{Even if you don't homeschool, shouldn't you strive to be patient with your children?}   

Patience won't be the last of things you'll have to work on while you're homeschooling, that's for sure.

For more excuses why you can't homeschool, read what other iHN bloggers are saying today in the "I Can't Homeschool Because..." series.