Combatting a Critical Spirit

You’ve nailed down your convictions. You are persuaded of them and determined to stand by them. But sometimes, after determining those convictions, it’s really hard to not feel that everyone else ought to share them.

Especially within homeschool circles, we tend to rob ourselves of our greatest asset: the fact that homeschool is not an institution and does not have to be the same as everyone else’s. We find the curriculum that we love, the dream schedule, the clock-work routine, the perfect system of record keeping and organization—and we just know that if everyone else only knew what we knew, their homeschool would be better off.

That’s not to say that there aren’t pitfalls to warn others about or methods that are destined for failure, but how do we combat our own critical spirit of others? And how do we offer advice without discouraging someone on the journey?

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