Avoiding Negative Nancies

You are into the first semester! How are you feeling? Are you nailing down a routine yet? We understand that transitions can be tough and just want you to know that we are all rooting for you. Everyone here is wanting you to succeed and we love how success looks differently for each family. Sure, you may have made some mistakes in the past month. Maybe you were a little impatient during a difficult lesson or were a little too lenient with how many hours you did school for a day. It happens. But you’re doing it and we are proud of you.


How does that phrase go? “Don’t let the naysayers get you down.” This quote is thrown around haphazardly but it carries a great deal of meaning. According to the dictionary, a naysayer is someone who criticizes, objects to, or opposes something. After reading that definition, did a certain someone pop into your head? As you told this certain someone about your future homeschooling plans, they were the ones who immediately put doubt into your mind. This individual would ask if it was “really a good idea to try this” or if you were “sure that you can do it.” Comments like that can trickle into your mind when you’re least expecting it and seep into your plans. Before you know it, you might start thinking about whether  you really can handle it. You can. Don’t let those naysayers get you down.


You have the option and the right to choose not to spend your time with those who are negative. Whether that be a long-time friend or a distant relative, you have the authority to make that decision if it is what’s best for you and your family. Negativity is contagious and in this homeschooling journey, you need all of the positivity that you can find. If someone is in your life but not in your corner, pray about how you can build those relationships and also how involved they may need or want to be in this chapter.


By all means, keep your friends in your life, you need them. The ones that will give their opinions in love and continue to support you even if they don’t agree, those are fantastic people to keep close to you. If they are negative and constantly trying to put your ideas down just because they don’t agree or understand, maybe consider keeping them at arm’s length until you get your bearings on this homeschool thing.


If the Lord brought you to it, He will get you through it. Homeschooling is not something that you just flippantly decided to try one day, it was talked about and agreed upon with your family. Nothing about our Jesus is negative, so why do we keep that aspect in our lives? Trust in Him. Trust in our Lord. Homeschooling is tough, there is no doubt about it. But if this journey was placed on your heart and you are diligently choosing to follow His will and do it, the Lord will bless you immensely and will get you through the tough times. 


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