Homeschooling a child with anxiety presents unique challenges. This is our story.
One of my very first memories of motherhood involves a judge-y nurse and a ton of mommy guilt induced anxiety.
It’s a long story, but basically, she warned me that I was spoiling my baby by holding him so much about four hours after he was born.
And so it began…
Anxiety has been a part of my life with my boys for as long as I can remember. That’s the bad news.
The good news is, finding ways to combat anxiety has also been an essential element of surviving and even thriving in my 15 years of motherhood.
In an effort to shed light on how real the anxiety can be for homeschooling moms (and moms in general) I want to share tips, tricks, learning options and practical strategies for reducing the panic that often accompanies teaching our own children.
Homeschooling A Child With Anxiety
Please click on the links below for real life examples and ideas for decreasing anxiety in our homeschools. This includes a focus on mom’s anxiety and our children’s anxiety, as well as some activities to help reduce stress and have fun as we learn.
When Your Child Is Too Anxious To Learn
Anxiety And The Struggling Reader
Anxiety Complicates My Son’s Learning Everyday
Separation Anxiety And The Older Child
Does Art Therapy Really Work For An Anxious Child?
Stress Reducing Activities For Anxious Kids
For The Anxious Homeschool Mom
Is There Anything I Can Really Do To Help My Anxious Child?
Homeschooling is one of the best decisions I have made for my children. Because they both experience crippling anxiety at times, the freedom to take care of their mental health and behavioral needs far outweighs any academic goals we may have.
Moreover, it is preparing them for their future. Because they will likely be adults who struggle with anxiety, spending our days focused on how to help them best learn, grow, cope and live well is preparing them. After all, isn’t that what education is for?