Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Non-Ideal Homeschool Day

Some days are just not good school days. It could be the kids. It could be the weather. It could just be...you.

The mom. The teacher. The mood setter. {gulp}

For whatever reason, I am not in the best of moods today. Each little thing seems like the one more thing that I don't want to deal with. (Forgive the bad grammar. Apparently a semi-bad mood causes me to end sentences with prepositions. Gasp!)

But, it turns out, I can deal. I have to let Holy Spirit work through me and enable me to manage myself and my attitude (the hardest management job I have!) When I do that, I can take this day one step at a time.

You know what this looks like:
- get dressed
- make the bed
- feed the children
- sweep the floor
- run the washing machine, dryer, and dishwasher, all at once if necessary
- take a nap, or at least have the kids take a nap
- make emails, phone calls and the like to rearrange a few things on the schedule
- do necessary school work, including the basics but also some fun things like writing pen-pals
- and then declare it good and go outside and enjoy the unseasonably warm day (the kids). Or, you know, curl up with a good book next to a window where the sun is shining through (me).

Some days (most days?) are not destined to be the ideal homeschool or family day. When that happens, cut everyone some slack and ease up. Try not to worry about the days in the future when you just know you will have too much to do and you'll fall behind on school and the kids will never progress any further in their math books and...

One step at time. That's my homeschool hint of the day. But I'm really just preaching to myself and it's not just applicable for homeschooling either. Funny how often that happens around here.

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4 comments:

Deb Chitwood said...

Good advice! I homeschooled my two children through high school, and giving myself some slack worked very well! I found we were all happiest when we let our life flow into our homeschooling and didn't worry about being the "perfect" homeschoolers. As a result, my kids loved homeschooling, loved college, and still love learning! Visiting from Helpful Homeschool Hints.
Deb @ LivingMontessoriNow.com

Julie said...

Defintely good advice to hear, oh so hard to implement sometimes. Thanks for the reminder. :)

Vicky said...

Yes, definitely! Advice applies to LOTS of areas of life!

Angie @ Many Little Blessings said...

I've been trying to cut myself a lot more slack lately, but it's hard, isn't it? Great post!

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