You know the ones, where nothing seems to go right. One of the biggest challenges I have faced in my 12 years of homeschooling experience has been learning to be flexible and enjoy homeschooling even when it doesn’t go my way. As a young mother I had big ideas about how homeschooling should be. But life taught me, and still is, how to accept and even appreciate the things I can’t control. I am really working on applying these strategies when things get crazy and knowing what to do on bad homeschool days.
Recognize the small successes.
You will feel less discouraged if you recognize your accomplishments. You just can’t do everything. Your probably doing more than you realize. Taking a mental inventory of all that your doing will give you a broader perspective and shift your thoughts from what’s going wrong to whats going right. Take a minute to consciously think about a positive right now in your life. This will help you see that things are just crazy at the moment; there tons of great things your doing with and for your kids.
Seize it as a teachable moment.
How we act under pressure teaches our kids something about how to deal with pressure, good or bad. I can’t say I have always succeeded at this. We are all human. Which is why it’s good to take 5 and pray. We need grace to help us let go and let God. If your kids see you do that, then you’ve just taught them the best homeschool lesson ever! There is more to homeschooling than just what’s in the planner.
Be creative and turn a lemon into lemonade.
- Change your environment. If nice out, take a walk. Do your studies in the backyard or at the park. Make the outdoors your lesson and make nature observations.
- Take a field trip and get out of the house while still learning something.
- Watch an educational movie.
- Snuggle up on the couch and read aloud.
- Make the day an arts and crafts, instead of bookwork, day.
- Go out to lunch, listen to audio lessons in the car, discuss vocabulary at the table.
The possibilities go on, that’s what makes homeschooling so awesome!
Take a break.
Sometimes no amount of being creative will work. That’s why we call them bad days. When it’s that bad, I just stop. Get a cup of coffee or do whatever gives you peace. Go to church or read the bible and get away from things even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Take your kids with you if it’s an option. This demonstrates that mom needs time to reflect and yes, a break. One of the things that helps me regain my perspective is Eucharistic adoration. But if your not Catholic spend some time in the Word.
I am so thankful for the privilege to homeschool and for the freedom to do it. And even though it’s never been perfect, and at times difficult, I don’t regret it. I’m thankful that I have had so much time with my children and will never have to feel sad about not being able to spending time with them. I’ve been blessed to have a situation that allows me to be able to homeschool. Remembering that it’s a privilege helps me get through those bad, get nothing done kind of homeschool days. Because when it’s all said and done, it will have all been worth it.
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