Yesterday, a friend of mine called to ask my advice about a homeschooling issue she was having. She didn’t know that I was starting my own business, and I didn’t tell her. I love talking to my friends about homeschooling and she was being very respectful of my time. At one point she said, “I thought I would call you because you are the expert!” I laughed. Me? An expert? While it was very confirming for me that starting this little business is probably a good idea, I was not sure I could call myself an expert. So, I did a little research.

As Malcolm Gladwell discussed in his bestseller, “Outliers”, to become an expert it takes 10,000 hours (or approximately 10 years) of deliberate practice.

I got out my calculator. I started homeschooling in 2002 when my oldest was in “preschool”.  I have been homeschooling for 17 years. A typical school year is approximately 36 weeks, 4-5 days a week, 3-4 hours a day. 170 days x 4 hours a day x 17 years = 11,560 hours of actual schooling <gasp>. That doesn’t include the countless hours planning, reading books/blogs on the subject, attending conventions, and working for various co-ops/support groups.  While some of those hours were somewhat auto-pilot, I’m sure more than 10,000 hours were deliberate practice.

So, there you have it. I guess I am an expert. I’m also scared to start this business and put myself out there and have my “expertness” tested. What’s great is that while I have seen this homeschooling thing all the way through to completion for two kids, I am also in the thick of it with my younger two. I am still learning, still growing, hearing about all the new curriculum and methods.

I won’t have all the answers, but I will probably know where to find them. If you have questions that I am not qualified to answer, I will be honest about that and not pretend I know it all. I’m not here to stand above you, telling you to do things the way I have done them. I’m here to be beside you, encouraging you to find your individual path in this homeschool journey. I can save you time, provide clarity and give you the confidence to take the next step.

If you could use help from someone who has been there (and is still there), I’d love to talk to you! Send me an email and set up an appointment. I look forward to working with you.

Heather is a wife, mother, and nurturer with a big heart for others. She has homeschooled her four children since 2002 with the help of LOTS of coffee and chocolate.

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