(Don't) Begin with the End in Mind

The CoronaVirus has proven globally that things don’t always go as planned. The ramifications of this pandemic on our education system have yet to be discovered while parents either wait with baited breath to learn the fate of their children’s academic environment or they’ve already chosen to homeschool out of exasperation with the circumstances.

As a life coach, I’m all about having a vision - especially when it comes to family. However, there is a difference between having a vision for your kids and having a specific picture of how your kids’ lives are supposed to look. The former involves your intentions for who your children will become while the latter involves your intentions for what your children “should be” doing.

Either way, we must ask ourselves, “Why am I homeschooling my kids?” If I am homeschooling because I want my young child to eventually graduate summa cum laude from an ivy league university, she and I will become exhausted and disheartened if she is not doing what she should do to make that happen. If I am utterly devastated because my son chooses not to attend college at all, then what was my “why” for homeschooling him in the first place? Was it about him attending college (because that’s what I think he should do) or was it about him becoming who he was created to be outside my jurisdiction?