Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobczak

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobszak.

Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobczak

Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobczak

If you are a new homeschool mom, and you just need a little boost of encouragement, or if you have been homeschooling and need to recalibrate and find that encouragement, then you’ll love the tips from today’s guest: our Cousin Sue Sobszak! After reading the advice for new homeschool moms laid out by Sue, be sure to check out her coaching website for even more support on your homeschooling journey.

About Sue Sobczak

Sue is a retired nurse practitioner and is now a life coach. She and her husband are both retired from the army and have six kids, three of whom have graduated from college, two are currently in college, and their youngest is in high school. 

Sue and her family have homeschooled while moving around the United States and even in Germany through their military jobs. This means they have experience with different laws and making homeschooling work in various situations.

Embrace Individuality

One of the tips for new homeschool high school moms from 7SistersHomeschool is that there is not ONE right way to homeschool. It is important to remember that every child is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. 

Do not feel pressured to follow a specific method or approach just because someone says it is the right way. Our goal as homeschooling parents is to do what is best for each individual child. God has created each teen uniquely and given them gifts, and as homeschooling parents, we have the privilege of tailoring their education to meet their specific needs and interests. Remember, there is no right or wrong way to homeschool.

You Won’t Mess Up Your Kids

Many parents worry about whether they are capable of homeschooling and fear that they might mess up their children.  It is common to feel uncertain and worried about whether we’re doing enough or teaching them everything they need to know. But the truth is, learning is a lifelong journey.

Our kids will continue to learn and grow even after they graduate. Even if we do not have all the answers, our teens’ ability to learn and adapt will help them succeed in life beyond homeschooling.

If there are gaps in their education, they can always learn those things later when they need to- after all, ALL of life is education! The important thing is to foster a love for learning and a curiosity that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Character Development

While academics are important, the significance of character development in homeschooling cannot be emphasized enough. Focusing on building good character traits, such as perseverance, resilience, and adaptability, can leave a permanent impression on our children’s lives. 

For Sue’s family, character development was a top priority. While academics are important, her family focused on building good character traits in their children. This emphasis on character has had a lasting impact on them, and they’ve grown into responsible and compassionate individuals. 

Sports, travel, and other real-life experiences provide excellent opportunities for character development. Sue incorporated sports and travel into their education, as these experiences help teach them valuable life skills. Sports, in particular, teach resilience, teamwork, and the ability to learn from failure.

Sports, travel, and other real-life experiences provide excellent opportunities for character development. -Sue Sobczak

Prepare for the Future

As parents, it is essential to consider our children’s post-high school plans when designing their homeschool education. While it is impossible to predict exactly what they will want to do, having a general idea can guide your educational choices. 

Whether they are college-bound, considering a gap year, entering the military, or starting a non-college job, tailoring their education to align with their future goals can better equip them for success. This doesn’t mean you have to mimic the public school system. Rather, it’s about preparing them for their chosen path and meeting any specific requirements they may need to fulfill.

Electives, internships, and mission trips can provide valuable experiences and skills that align with their aspirations. These opportunities allow students to explore their passion areas and gain practical knowledge that can enhance their future career prospects. It also provides them with a chance to network and form connections in their desired fields. 

Have a Purpose

Having a clear purpose for homeschooling can help guide your decisions and provide motivation during challenging times. Take some time to reflect on why you chose to homeschool and what you hope to achieve. (If you have never written your homeschool mission statement, download 7Sisters’ encouraging guide.)

Sue encourages parents to write down their purpose and refer to it when things get tough. This purpose will serve as your guiding light on tough days when you question your decision. 

Your purpose might be to instill strong Christian values, foster a love for learning, or provide a safe and nurturing environment for your children to grow. 

Having a purpose will give you direction and clarity throughout your homeschooling journey. It will help you prioritize what truly matters and let go of unnecessary stress. 

Homeschooling is not just about academics. It’s about nurturing your child’s whole being and helping them develop into well-rounded individuals.

Take It One Year at a Time

Homeschooling is a dynamic and ever-evolving process. Instead of overwhelming yourself with long-term plans, focus on one homeschool year at a time. 

Flexibility is key, as life circumstances may change, and your children’s needs may evolve. Embrace the freedom homeschooling offers and adapt your approach as necessary.

You don’t have to plan out every detail in advance. You can take it day by day, minute by minute.

Advice For New Homeschool Moms With Sue Sobczak

Homeschooling can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience for both parents and children. You are not alone in this homeschooling adventure. There are many resources and a supportive community available to you. 

You can do this, and your dedication and love for your children will shine through in their education. Stay encouraged and keep embracing the joy of homeschooling.

Connect With Sue

If you are looking for more guidance and support on your homeschooling journey, be sure to check out Sue’s coaching website, where you’ll find valuable resources and coaching services. She also has a helpful blog to read her experiences from her own homeschooling years. 

You can also enjoy her wealth of wisdom in this Homeschool Highschool Podcast episode: Each Homeschool High Schooler is Unique.

AND you do not want to miss her sage advice about how to get free college credit through CLEP and Modern States.

Thank you to  Seth Tillman for podcast editing and Richie Soares with Homeschool and Humor for writing this blog post!

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