How Homeschooling Requires us to Face our Shortcomings

Rowan Atkinson is a second-generation homeschooler and is a recently graduated homeschool mama after homeschooling her four children for two decades.

She is a historical fiction reader, British period drama watcher, soccer player, Sunday school teacher, author, and businesswoman.   

Rowan Atkinson is the author of Enough Already: Real Help for Homeschool Freakout Burnout and Zone Out and the host of the Canada Homeschools podcast. She is madly working on the second book of Headphone History.

Let’s chat with Rowan Atkison, podcaster at Canada Homeschools…

Rowan Atkinson podcaster at Canada Homeschools

“One thing about being a homeschooler (after having been homeschooled) that surprised me was how my own issues and weaknesses would be revealed. It wasn’t actually the teaching or organizing curriculum that was a challenge. It was how much my shortcomings were revealed.”

Rowan Atkinson, Author of Enough Already: Real Helo for Homeschool Freakout Burnout and Zone

Rowan and I discuss:

  • We get burned out because of our high expectations of ourselves. These are too unrealistic. We do this to please others or hover over our kids because of our fear issues.
  • I want to give you permission to not be so hard on yourself. Don’t try to teach six to eight subjects in one day
  • You do not have to feel guilty or bad because you are going out to a small group or on a date with your husband. You can go because you know that you have invested in them all day long.
  • Try to do something fun with your kids, not feel guilty if you don’t.
  • Of course, you are going to look back and wish I had done this differently, or I wish I had known now what I know.

Rowan Atkinson’s advice for homeschool parents:

  • Don’t use recess as chore time; instead, take a break.
  • If you don’t put your own oxygen mask on, you can’t put on your kids’ oxygen masks.
  • Housecleaners can take care of your house, but you are the only one who can take care of your kids.
  • First of all, with all self-care, you need to know what it is that you need. And it’s different for one.
  • Even just walking to the end of the block after a homeschool day might give you a little space just for you.

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