Secret to Homeschool High School Success #2

Here is secret to homeschool high school success #2.

Secret to Homeschool High School Success #2

Secret to Homeschool High School Success #2

It all started with Dana’s GPS.

Marilyn’s daughter, Dana, was journeying with Joanna and me to the big city early last spring. We were on the way to the final fitting for Joanna’s wedding dress.

Dana has known me since she was a wee bairn so she knows that I get lost. (I’ve gotten her lost in many parts of the country- including our blunder into a broom closet in a college bathroom, long story.) Knowing the inevitability of a few sidetracks on our trip, Dana brought her GPS to guide us.

Unfortunately, Dana has a GPS with an attitude. The first time the disembodied female voice announced, “Recalibrating…”, it sounded bemused.

But somewhere around, “Recalibrating!!” #3, Ms. GPS became downright terse and haughty. By the time we pulled into the wedding dress studio, the voice in the little gray box was totally exasperated!

Marilyn, Dana, Joanna (with the famed dress), Vicki (sans GPS)

That GPS was very bad on my self-esteem. I felt so puny by the time we arrived that I vowed never to use that device again!

You can guess what happened on the way home! I wouldn’t allow Dana to turn on that infernal GPS. We made it home but only after driving through an unnecessary state (not that Delaware itself is unnecessary- just the sidetrack was).

My point being:

All people need affirmation.

Critical voices and harsh words do not attract willing followers, yielded learners, or happy co-operators.

A successful homeschool has parents who can:

  • give honest praise where praise is due
  • can encourage children in difficult moments (even if they have to leave the room for a minute and calm down)
  • remember those famous lines from Bambi, “If you can’t say something nice…don’t say nothin’ at all!”

Teens who feel genuinely affirmed will learn more efficiently and be nicer about learning! (Works for grownups, too!)

BTW- the Secret to Homeschool Success #1 is: Prayer.

I have written a few prayer journals to help with Homeschool Success #2

Prayer Journal 1

How do you affirm your children when you are homeschooling?

Sometimes we moms get so focused on the education portion of raising these teens we lose sight of being their mom. I try every day to notice one thing my teen is rocking and mention it to them. I easily focus on being critical that I don’t want them to only remember me as the mom who only pointed out mistakes, marked their papers in red ink and constantly reminded them to make wise choices.

Maybe today you take some time combining Homeschool High School Success #2 and #1 and pray about ways you can connect with your teens’ hearts while teaching them their homeschool lessons.

Join the 7Sisters Homeschool Facebook group to carry on the discussion of affirming your teens. Sometime we need a reminder or know you are not alone in this homeschool journey.

Plus you will love our silly and wise advice about handling tough homeschool times (or tough anytime) with this episode on homeschool mindset…not platypus!

Here is a Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode on handling those days where your teen is headbutting over their academics.

Secret to Homeschool High School Success #2

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Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

One Reply to “Secret to Homeschool High School Success #2”

  1. I am a very encouraging person by nature. (Thanks, God, for wiring me that way!)

    Your post reminded me that my praise should always be based on something specific – it means so much more that way.

    Thanks, Vicki!

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