Thursday 17 June 2021

Know Yourself - Stop the Comparison Game

Welcome to week 11 of  Blogging through the Alphabet 2021! This challenge has stretched me a little more than I anticipated it would.  Some weeks it's been difficult to find a topic to talk about.  This week the letter is K.  

My co-host Desiree is sharing K is for Kitchen in her Lego ABC. I'm looking forward to seeing what the family will build.  I had no idea that lego made some of the sets that Desiree has showcased over the last three months.  

Today I would like to encourage you to Know Yourself and STOP the Comparison Game.


  This is far harder than it sounds.  For some reason their is a secret fear that seems to lurk within the homeschool journey. That secret fear is that we will do something wrong and then do a disservice to our children.  This in turn drives us to constantly be watching other homeschooling families and comparing notes with what they are doing.  This in turn results in taking on more and more thing that are unnecessary.

Knowledge is Power. That power is either in your hand or in someone elses. If you don't know what you think or what your goals are then there will be someone out there who is only too happy to lead you a merry dance and convince you to spend your money with them.

Knowing why you are doing something 
is the first step in being empowered 
to follow through with your choices.

Even if you are a seasoned homeschooler and you don't have your thoughts and focus set, then every single time you see something new or meet a new homeschooler and hear what they are doing you will feel as though you are somehow failing your children or they are missing out which in turn will drive you to choose to add more to an already busy homeschool.  The danger of this is that soon you will be doing a great many things with mediocrity and become overwhelmed and exhausted.

STEP one form the cornerstone of your homeschool by Knowing What You Think & Why.

Unfortunately Covid and Quarantine Schooling has really put a spanner in the works and add a pressure we've never had to experience before. 

Remain committed to being true to yourself. - Stop comparing what you are doing to what other homeschooling families are doing.  

Remember social media and blogs are not a true reflection of what others are doing nor are they a a list of "I need to do this in order to succeed..." It is better to do a little with excellence than a multitude of things incompletely.

For Further Reading and Tips on how to cope each day 

  1. Become Equipped: Know What You Think and Why.
  2. Finding Your Rhythm  and keeping to it.
  3. Buy some Ice Cream - Dealing with difficult days.
  4.  Tip FOUR - One Step at a Time 
  5. Dear Mom Who is Feeling Overwhelmed
  6. IF you are a new home educator and have just brought your students home then I encourage you to read: From School to Homeschool
  7. House Cleaning and Home School ? Just how do you balance the two??  
  8. Homeschool Daily Schedules Sally Clarkson says: "There are many varieties of personalities and possibilities of home organization, Each of us simply has to find the combination of routines that suits our lifestyle and desires."The Mission of Motherhood.
  9. Our Rhythm - Year Round Schooling 
  10. How Important is Alone Time and Home Schooling ?  
  11. A little Word on Homeschool Record Keeping  
  12. Homeschool Burnout
  13. Take a Break when YOU need it ... Do not underestimate the power of rest.  Rest at night, rest from school and mini rests throughout your day.
  14.  The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight.

Be TRUE to yourself and who He has made you. When He formed you He placed within you all you would need through Him to succeed at the task He has placed before you.



Find the other ABC posts in this series here:

  1. A is for Art Lessons at Home
  2. B is for Books Where do You Purchase Yours? 
  3. Charlotte Mason a Round Up of Posts 
  4. Delight Directed Education
  5. Encouragement for Weary Homeschooling Mothers
  6. For the Children's Sake  
  7. G is for Geography
  8. Homeschool Bloggers  
  9. Instagramers to follow who are homeschooling
  10. Joy in Your Homeschool Journey
  11. Know Yourself - Stop the Comparison Game 

Featured from Week 10 all things 'J'

 This Week over at Our Homeschool Notebook the topic is K is for Kitchen


Please link up your posts starting with the letter K for this weeks ABC Blogging


  1. The comparison trap is SO easy to fall into. It's probably my biggest struggle, still. I see moms I know on Facebook and read blogs of my favorite people and mostly it leaves me feeling like I can never measure up and/or I'm doing everything completely wrong. I feel like this post was written for me! Thanks for the reminder!

  2. "...soon you will be doing a great many things with mediocrity and become overwhelmed and exhausted." This quote sums up nicely where comparison leads and yet it is still so easy to sink into that black hold of comparison. Your encouragement here is so good. Thank you.

  3. I love this post. All of it is true and it will benefit us to remember it.


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