I love following other homeschoolers on Instagram.  I love pictures of books, projects, and crafts.  Those sweet little faces playing, snuggling, and learning.  And I love when they are honest about how it was a hard day. Too often, we blog, post, and Instagram to make ourselves and our lives look #Perfect!

Real homeschooling isn’t perfect. it is hard.

That picture of the perfect craft project?  Just 3 inches out of frame is a stack of dirty dishes. That picture of the perfect homeschool space? It was that clean for about 5 seconds before the kids moved everything and left half of it on the floor.  The picture where the child is laughing joyfully? It was taken moments before the crying started. I know. Because this is my life, too.

Why am I calling this out?

Because life would be a little easier if we were all a little more honest about how this is hard work. About how most of us are struggling to do it all.  Keeping the house clean, the kids fed, the educational goals in sight and parenting all day and all night is hard. Trying to project a perfect moment each day onto our social media platforms can be fun. But if you follow along and think everyone else has it all under control, you can wind up stressed out.

Instagram post of a craft project.
What it really looked like!

But It Is Fun!

At the same time, I’ve found great joy in taking my Instagram pictures. I started Instagram about a year ago, and it has helped me appreciate a lot of little things about my life. Pictures of the flowers in the yard, my kids working, and their projects have been fun to put together.

I just want you to know that it is all a very tiny snapshot of a real life. A life that isn’t so pretty and tidy.  My real life has messes and challenges and a lot of things I won’t share on social media. I bet your life has its share of messes, too. We share our successes and very little of our failures. I try to have honest posts, but real life is too complex for a hashtag and a snapshot.

So, enjoy your Instagram, blog posts and social media. Just keep in mind there is a mountain of laundry in that house, just out of the frame.

Want to know more about how Laura homeschools?

Check out Laura’s Instagram for a peek at what homeschooling at Laura’s house is like and what she’s working on.

About the Author

Laura Sowdon, OTR/L is an occupational therapist, writer, speaker, educator and creator of the Five Senses Literature Lessons homeschool curriculum. She has worked as an occupational therapist with children in public and private schools, as well as private practice. Laura has taught and managed homeschool co-ops as well as homeschooling her own three children. Laura is dedicated to the idea of educating children at a pace that aligns with brain and physical development milestones and respects neurodiversity in all its forms.

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