Feeling Inadequate as a Homeschooling Parent

Updated: Sep 21, 2021

One of the toughest things I've felt on my homeschooling journey, is occasional and sometimes prolonged periods of inadequacy. I would like to think of myself as an intellectual person. Don't get me wrong, I'm not a rocket scientist and I would probably only ever achieve an average IQ in a test, but I know enough and have enough common sense to have achieved in my life.

So where does the inadequacy come from? Let's start with maths. I am totally rubbish at maths, I always have been and I always will be. But I can honestly say I have never needed to know long multiplication on the spot. I have never needed to whip out a protractor and I certainly haven't beat myself up for not knowing what a meter is without using something to measure it. I use a calculator just like everyone else. Or a spreadsheet depending on the work involved.