I think the planning is my biggest challenge with homeschooling. There are so many ideas out there and so many great curricula from which to choose. It is certainly overwhelming, to say the least. The best advice I have ever received is to find the curriculum that works and that you like and then stop looking! It’s just too easy to want to switch all the time!

There is great encouragement to be had from forums and other homeschooling parents. My Classical Conversations community is fabulous, and our family has made some fantastic friends there. My daily devotional time and prayer for strength and patience certainly help too. My greatest encouragement comes from seeing and being with my children all day. Seeing their excitement about the books we read and the activities we do and being witness to their growing love of God strengthens me and keeps me going. I love my children so very much and am delighted that I get to spend more time with them growing up through homeschooling. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Julie Cerdas was born in Quebec, Canada, and now lives in the southeastern United States. She loves God, her handsome husband, her two beautiful children, and taking walks in the woods. Julie blogs about home education at The Adventures of Bear.

Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the February 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at www.TOSMagazine.com  or read it on the go and download the free TOS Apps to read the magazine on your Kindle Fire or Apple or Android devices.

Publication date: March 15, 2013