Just want to offer words of encouragement as many of us are starting a new year. Yes, you can! Don’t get sucked into the trap of one of the greatest joy stealers, comparison. Focus on your family & your children & don’t worry what other families in your circle are doing. One of the greatest pieces of advice that I received as a young home schooler can be summed up like this, don’t compare your behind the scenes to someone else’s highlight reel. Too often, we get so caught up in the minute details of the day to day that we lose sight of the big picture. Then when we see someone else’s big picture, we are fooled into thinking that that must be what their day to day look likes…Training our children is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay the course. Slow & steady wins the race (to quote Aesop). When others go sprinting by, stay on pace. Getting tricked into increasing your race will only cause frustration and burnout. As you’re tying on your running shoes & warming up for the start of another leg in this journey, just remember, yes, you can!
Loree Pettit, author of Galloping the Globe and Cantering the Country