And the winner of the gorgeous wall calendar from Home Educating Family is… Tammy! Congratulations!

This week’s Not Back to School blog hop has been postponed until next Friday. But I’ll talk about home education today anyway.

“Do not worry about your problems with mathematics, I assure you mine are far greater.” – Albert Einstein

Thursday was one of those days when I was reminded that math and I don’t always play well together. One particular workbook problem just was not clicking for Munchkin. We tried talking through it. I wrote it out every way I could think of on the white board. We were both getting frustrated. I told her to think about it some more and I took a break to load the dishwasher. Daddy helped get it sorted out and reminded me that you’re not a bad teacher just because someone doesn’t understand something.

I wound up pondering a lot of things. I got to thinking that maybe the reason we home educators are so hesitant to talk about the days that are hard and frustrating is because we are afraid. We’re afraid it does mean that we are bad teachers. We’re afraid of someone leaping in and pointing out that this is why parents shouldn’t educate their children. You know what? Teachers in schools get frustrated too. I dare you to show me a teacher who never has a hard day; one who never has a student struggling with something.

The reality is, no matter what you do for work, parts of it are difficult and frustrating. To put it into perspective, that “difficult part” was only one tiny part of our week. The rest of it was just fine. That’s why keeping a gratitude journal is so helpful for me. It reminds me of the many ways that God has blessed me. Definitely something I need to focus on more!

What about you? What do you do when you get to the difficult parts? How do you keep things in perspective?