I have found that as my son gets older, there are not as many teenagers homeschooling.
This is speculation but I am sure it's because it's intimidating to homeschool a high schooler --after all, who is going to teach them Chemistry? That is a post for another day.
I believe that all students should be learning more than just math and reading. Mental health. Running a business. Financial literacy. Life skills 101.
This next year we are focusing on being okay with being different. Striving to be different. The importance of being healthy-physically, mentally and emotionally.
I run a business and start my day at 4am (okay, sometimes later). I try hard to start my day with something motivational then I usually head for industry news. I read a minimum of 30 minutes a day--sometimes business related, sometimes for enjoyment. It just depends on how I am feeling. But I am reading everyday.
Atomic Habits by James Clear has been a game changer for me. I learned many useful skills, but a take-away that I want to pass long to my children, especially my teen, is being different is okay. I'd go as far as saying it should be a goal to be different than everyone else.
I want to be able to share real-life examples and how I was different to show him that it is being different is what sets you apart from others.
In college, I was a single mom studying accounting. It was hard. SUPER HARD. My friends were rockstars crushing the classes and I was sweating to get on by. This was a whole new world for me. Before, I was top of the class. Everytime.
But in college? Nope.
Everyone knew if you wait to take Corporate Tax your last semester your chances of graduating on time was slim. THIS SCARED THE S**T out of me. I had Jon to support.
When an opportunity presented itself to take Corporate Tax in the summer, in 4 weeks, I jumped on it. This opportunity had never happened before to any other class.
And then reality hit me like a ton of bricks. This class was the one that could break me. It felt like I was dragging a load of bricks to get to the end of the 4 weeks.
And then I took the first exam. 38F. I remember so vividly thinking " holy s**t balls, I have NO CHANCE." Others didn't do great either. They stopped going to class because they knew they were not going to make it out of there.
But me? I Literally studied for every exam like I would pass it. I even sat through that atrocious final knowing I was not passing the class.
Why? Because I knew I wasn't the best, but I was going to be different. I was going to sit through that class, learn as much as I could in those 4 weeks, get an idea of what the final would be like and accept my fate that I was going to take this class my final semester of college. WITH ONE ADVANTAGE. I had seen all of the information once before. I had a hand-up. I had an advantage. An advantage I created for myself. I did something different.
My final semester of college-- I passed all of my classes, Corporate Tax by the bare minimum and I felt like I conquered the world.
"When you can't win by being better, win by being different"-Atomic Habits, James Clear
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As a homeschooling mom who found that her children thrived more when living life together instead of being stuck in a classroom 8 hours a day, I turned my love of travel and educating my kids into the perfect mix: unschooling.