My dad, a retired business professor, often emails me Harvard Business School’s “Management Tip of the Day.” Even though I am not in the workforce, a homeschooling mother is something of a manager and I have often gained great insight from applying these tips to homeschooling.
- Failure to inspire, owing to a lack of energy and enthusiasm: I know from experience that this never goes over well with the kids.
- Acceptance of mediocre performance in place of excellent results: Well, this one does go over well with the kids, but it’s probably not a good thing for their education in the long run.
- A lack of clear vision and direction: Lots to think about here. Do you know where you’re going with this homeschool thing? Short term? Long term? Do your kids know?
- Failure to improve and learn from mistakes: this might seem kind of obvious, but I know I’ve been guilty of continuing to do something that wasn’t working just because I thought we “should” be doing it or because I paid a bunch of money for it.