The Normal Homeschool Experience


image_thumb6Are you experiencing normal in your homeschooling?  In your home? What *is* the normal experience and how do we know when what we have is normal?

If you are an overachiever or a perfectionist a human being, easy answer: We sin!  Yep, that’s the fastest way to determine where we stand on the normal meter.  Give God’s Word a big “raspberry.”  I’ve done it.  It works.   But lemmetellya, you won’t like it.

God somehow has set up built-in If-Then clauses in life.  If I drop a cast iron pan on my toe, it will hurt.  Gravity isn’t at fault, but I sure like to blame it.  And it’s not God at fault for my blue toe.  Gravity happens.  Pain occurs.  The lesson:  Switch to aluminum pans.

Are You Game?

Like testing the normalcy of gravity (even accidentally), there is a cost to testing homeschooling normal.  Are you game?

Ah, I see you at least want to know what the rules are before jumping in.  Wise, you are!

Here’s all you have to do to determine where your homeschooling adventure falls on the Normal Scale:  Look at the other guy.  The other home.  The other family.  The other mom.  The other kids.

  • If they are doing better than you are, you are normal.
  • If they are doing worse than you are, you are normal.
  • If they are doing about the same as you are, you probably aren’t looking hard enough, or know all the details.

We rarely find equality in the comparing business.  <—- Click to Tweet

And There’s the Rub

Comparing.  It gives us answers, but at the price of a blue toe.

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”  2 Corinthians 10:12

And then when we talk about our comparisons, it’s like we put the blue toe, along with the whole blue foot, into our mouths.  Not a pretty picture, but one I needed to paint – for myself – as my Compare-O-Meter has been supercharged this summer.  I need to taste that toe pictorially because I’ve tasted the toe figuratively and I need a reminder to stop doing that.

The Meter Says …

Since I already put the quarter in my meter, however, I might as well tell you the results:

Very Much Not Normal

(paradoxically, making us statistically Quite Normal)

We certainly aren’t having a normal summer, but as long as I do this, I am content:

Are you wondering where you are on the Normal Meter?  Can I save you the (sin of) comparing and the (agony of) remorse?

Skip those steps and go straight to …

Turning “your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”

He’ll either challenge you to bump it up a bit, or offer you a season of rest.  But His meter is never off-kilter.

Take the time to listen to the song, to turn your eyes to Him, just for these few moments …



REALITY CHECK:  My feelings were running low last night.  This morning was only a wee bit better.  Then I thought, “What are you thinking?” I heard myself turning my eyes upon the earth while glory and grace grew dim. Whoops.  Time to put the Compare-O-Meter back where it belongs.  This quarter’s for God’s jukebox.

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