Let’s get the business out of the way first! This will be a three-part series, so please type your email into the follow bar on the right hand column so you will receive notice of the next two blog posts on “When Your Homeschooling (or just Mommy) Needs a Fresh Start.”
Does this ever happen to you? About 3/4 of the way through the school year you have started to dread getting out of bed in the morning? Not only do you not feel motivated to plan lessons for your kids, but you are even less interested in teaching them. You are bored with their curriculum (and maybe they are too), you’re tired of the same routine day in and day out and you are beginning to question if you should keep doing this thing called: “Homeschooling” – she says in a snarky voice. 🙂
Let me continue to paint the picture for you.
You have dishes in the sink and laundry to do. Your bed hasn’t been made all week and you have a two year old you would like to take to the library for story-time (am I neglecting him?) You love to draw or write and haven’t touched a pencil in months. Exercise? Ha!
But, you still have to get “school” in.
How nice it would be if that big yellow school bus would appear at your doorstep in the morning and whisk away 2/3 of your brood.
Have you ever been there?
I have. Several times. And if you are there now, let’s talk about it.
I have had to talk myself though these times several times in my five years of homeschooling. I have had to seek input and get some outside perspective.
There is not doubt, homeschooling is hard. Not only are you solely responsible for your children’s education, but, you are also responsible for your home as well – and if you work on top of it? Lady, you’re BUSY! Sometimes I begin to feel fragmented – like “Am I a working mom?” “Am I a stay at home mom?” “What am I??”
The honest truth is most of us are a little bit of both and it’s not easy to live in several different world and do a great job in all of them.
That’s why it is so important to re-evaluate your life every once in a while. Re-evaluate the things you are currently committing your time to and say to yourself: “Is this making sense to be doing?”
The next two blog posts are going to be exactly about that. The process of re-evaluation. In them, I will cover:
- Identifying the problems and issues
- Breaking them down into manageable chunks
- Evaluating whether they are thing you can change or things you must accept
- Moving forward with a new plan
I will use examples from my own life, as well as examples from other homeschoolers’ lives.
I will leave it with you for now, more to come, Jenny