Doubt is the biggest enemy of any homeschooler. But, homeschooling parents of a special needs student tend to struggle with doubt to a greater degree.
In my 14 years of special needs homeschooling, here are some of the biggest doubts I have struggled against:
- Am I doing enough?
- Is my child progressing fast enough?
- Am I providing enough social activities for my kids?
- Am I teaching my kids all the life skills they will need?
- Are we covering the right subjects?
- Is my lack of training harming my child’s ability to learn?
- Is this curriculum teaching my child better than any other curriculum I could have chosen?
Left long enough to entertain these doubts, even small nagging questions easily turn into full-blown fears.
Then, fueled by these fears, I respond to related circumstances with hasty decisions, anger, and even overburdening my kids with unnecessary work.
Where Should I Turn in the Face of Doubt?
In the end, not looking to God for His plans and instead concentrating on my doubts, created the actual scenarios I had feared in my homeschool.
Instead of making our special needs homeschooling efforts better, I made them worse.
If you struggle with homeschooling doubt, just like I used to, the best advice I can give you is to cast those doubts into the arms of Jesus.
Pray for Him to help you fight back against your fears and to turn away from reacting against your fears.
And, be specific when you pray. Pray for…
- His will to prevail
- Deliverance from tactics of the enemy
Most of all, pray for the future of your child and that you will make the decisions and changes that will lead him or her to be the person they were created to be.
To find out more about how THSC can help your special needs homeschool, read the full list of THSC member benefits, the special needs section of our website, and the special needs student programs THSC offers at our Conventions.
Also, be sure to share this encouragement with other families, especially parents facing doubt and fears in how they homeschool their children. Sharing the victory is how we continue Keeping Texas Families Free!