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Recently, a fellow homeschooling friend got me a mug as a gift. It said World’s Okayest Mom. We had a good laugh about it because funny, right?

A few days after, I was looking around for my mug and saw it was dirty in the sink. I asked my nine year old, “Hey, did you use my World’s Okayest Mom mug?” She did and then she said, “Mommy, you’re the BEST World’s Okayest Mom!” We actually laughed, but that one little sentence has stuck with me since. And, all I’ve been thinking is:

What if … what if … I really was just the World’s Okayest Homeschooling Mom?

What if we just did the majority of our studies straight with no frills or extras? What if we didn’t have to plan a craft or an activity or a homeschooling field trip to go with each topic? What if we didn’t compare ourselves to other homeschoolers and measure our kids against where other homeschooling kids are in their studies? What if we just did what works for us in homeschooling and not worry what society thought about it? What if we let our child lead his or her studies for a while?

What if we homeschooled … and it was just OK? Or … adequate? Or … mediocre?


Here’s the thing: You don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to Pin and Instagram perfect homeschool days. You don’t have to make every lunch the perfect Bento Box. You don’t have to make every holiday part of homeschooling. Not every lesson needs a craft. You don’t have to feel guilty for taking a day off of homeschooling. You don’t have to make your homeschooling space picture perfect and magazine ready. You don’t need to overfill your schedule with activities so that your homeschooler gets the acceptable level of socialization.

You don’t have to do any of that. At all. And, even better? You’ll still raise an amazing homeschooler.

It really is OK to be the World’s Okayest Homeschooling Mom.

I’ll meet you there. Deal?

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Jacqueline Wilson is a writer, mom, wife, homeschool super freak and #1 Bestselling Author of It's Homeschooling, Not Solitary Confinement. She has been featured at Huffington Post, Parenting Magazine, Redbook, Kiwi Magazine, Fox News, and more. She is a discriminating sock monkey enthusiast and has a small collection of rescued pets. One more and she gets a free set of steak knives.

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