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Setting the Example by Tackling Hard Things

I like to practice what I preach.

It's the idea that's at the heart of our Handcrafted HoneyBee Create-Your-Own Skin Care Kits, but it an idea that also extends far beyond a single activity. It's the lesson of our potential.

Doing something unfamiliar can seem hard at first. But if you have the courage to try your best, you can learn something surprising about yourself—you can accomplish hard things.

When you tackle a difficult task, the task doesn't become any easier. But you become stronger. More confident. And it opens you up to opportunities you might never have expected when you started.

And I've learned that lesson in a very personal way over the past two months as I've dived headfirst into homeschooling…

That's right. On top of running a business that seems to require 110% of my time, I'm homeschooling our kindergarten-age son, Elijah.

Now, I want to get one thing straight. I am not advocating homeschooling over a more traditional educational model. That's an individual decision that needs to be considered by each family. But for a variety of reasons, Robert and I have chosen to homeschool our boys, with the option to reevaluate every year.

The Midterm Progress Report

Before the school year began, I was really nervous. It all felt pretty difficult. As a former teacher, I know how much work it takes to write up lesson plans, document objectives, track progress, identify areas for improvement—all on top of the actual instruction.

We are eight weeks in, and I can tell you that things haven't gotten easy. But we have definitely settled in to a manageable rhythm.

Sight-reading: Even things we take for granted as adults were difficult once.

We have our morning lessons and reading time. And I'm getting to reuse lots of items from my former life as a 1st grade teacher. Eli's little brother Isaac even gets to join in when he's home from pre-school.

One of the coolest parts of this whole experience has been witnessing my son gaining confidence in his abilities, even as I've been growing in my own sense of determination.

Another remarkable thing has started happening. My boys have started finding opportunities to learn everywhere we go.

Cooking a recipe with dad turns into a math lesson. Bath time becomes a chance to talk about soap & water molecules. And Eli's dream of starting his own business has been a chance to practice handwriting, art, math & public speaking.

Eli writes thank you notes to SuperGift Capes customers.

None of these opportunities occurred because we chose to homeschool. They happened because we are doing something hard. Together. And that's helping us to grow together too.

Does that make me crazy? Maybe. But I wouldn't have it any other way.

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