At HSLDA, we know that life does not always follow our plans and agendas. As the poet, Robert Burns, is often paraphrased as saying, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”

Whether your school year is interrupted by renovations, a divorce, a death in the family, moving to a new home, a diagnosis of special needs, a medical emergency, chicken pox, a new job, or any number of other challenging variables, your homeschooling year will look very different from what you had planned. Even so-called ‘happy challenges’ like a growing church ministry, a new baby, new friendships in the neighbourhood, increased responsibilities at a homeschool co-op, or increased financial provision (through a work-at-home job for mom, for example), can become very overwhelming, and even unwelcomed.

The temptation in those times could be to call it a day and close down the homeschool. But, as we hear from HSLDA staff member, Laurie Pruim, in this week’s vlog, there were definite benefits to her family because of their decision to continue homeschooling even through a very infamous year in their family’s homeschooling experience.

Join Paul Faris and Laurie as they speak from a place of transparency about homeschooling through hardships. We would love to hear from you about how you have rearranged your homeschool plans during seasons of hardship. Let’s encourage one another in the comments to keep going through the difficult times. Remember, the HSLDA staff understands the ‘real life’ side of homeschooling and would love to support you through your family’s journey.