The other day, I was chatting to a friend about the destructive nature of comparison and judgement. It got me thinking about comparison and homeschooling. Do you feel confident homeschooling your own way? Or do you find yourself comparing what you do against other homeschoolers?
I’ll admit – I’ve been guilty here! Doom-scrolling Instagram usually leaves me comparing myself to those beautiful put-together families. In the lead up to homeschool registration I can slip into a comparison between my kids’ performance and the arbitrary educational outcomes.
But haven’t all the wise sages told us: Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t judge your own success against what you see elsewhere.
How do you compare?
Do you compare your homeschool against those you see on Instagram?
Against other families you come across?
Against school families?
Do you compare your child against their peers?
Against their cousins, or friends down the road?
Against their own siblings?
But haven’t all the wise sages told us:
Don’t compare yourself to others.
Don’t judge your own success against what you see elsewhere.
Of course, it is human to compare. Comparison can help us measure if we are on track, or rate our success. It can give us direction, and inspiration. Even motivate us and guide our decisions.