‘Daring Greatly’

“But it’s such a risk taking the children out of school and home educating,” someone once said to me. 

“It’s no more risky than leaving them in,” I remember replying.

They hadn’t thought of that!

I didn’t ever see it as a risk, really. What was I risking? That they would be happier, healthier and achieve more than the downhill slide we were observing whilst they were in school?

Home schooling reversed that slide. It was wonderful to witness.

Going against the norm does make you doubt some days though, I admit that. (Hence the reason for me writing ‘The Home Education Notebook’ to help you with those days).

But here’s a point to remember when you’re doubting and wobbling; it’s a sign of your conscientiousness.

Conscientious parents always question and review and consider what they’re doing. And that’s a good thing. It’s a necessary part of your learning process. But it’s bound to make you wobble at times. Be brave. Examine what you’re doing. Research (as in chat to others about your concerns). And wobble on.

Doubting days will come throughout life and not just from parenting or home educating. We’ll always have wobbles about our choices, it’s a natural part of a healthy consideration of them. Especially when the decisions we make mean doing something which makes us a little more vulnerable and a little less comfortable. I still have wobbles and usually turn to reading to help me overcome them.

I’m reading an uplifting book about that very concept; ‘Daring Greatly’ by Brene Brown which talks about feeling vulnerable and how it is a necessary part of the courage needed to live life in inspirational ways. It immediately made me think of all the home educating parents who are doing just that – daring greatly – in order to do what they think is right for their family.

I have a stock of books to turn to now, on different subjects, to give me the courage and inspiration to dare greatly when I’m having wobbles about the things I still want to do (writing among them). This will be added to the collection.

And I thought it might help you too, to carry on daring and taking risks and not letting the wobbles stop you from continuing to do what you think is right for you and your family.

I’m cheering you on!

8 thoughts on “‘Daring Greatly’

  1. I loved Brene Brown’s book “Daring Greatly”, Ross. I had to read having watched her two TED talks. One of the things that she points out is the whole area of daring to be vulnerable – if you numb the pain, you also numb the joy; hence the need to learn to be vulnerable. I think the home ed context facilitates a safer environment to grow in in this area of growing up courageously. Thanks for cheering us on with your writing Ross!

  2. Before I opened the blog I thought ‘well, it’s much riskier leaving them in!’ And guess what you wrote – just the same!!

  3. Thanks Ross
    I find reading your blog or dipping into your ‘Home Education Notebook’ is the best way for me to turn a ‘difficult’ home ed day around. If I am o.k the kids soon are too.

  4. Thanks Ross – always right there in just the right way. I need to work out a way to not let our days totally slide and find our right balance of structure and freedom

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