This week, today in fact, I was so close to throwing in the towel. On everything. Being a homeschool mom is just one more thing that builds up, and one more thing that you are trying to juggle everyday. Some days everything just builds up and you’re like a dam about to burst, or that has in my case. But take a break, because everything is going to work out.
How to Juggle as A Homeschool Mom
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It has been just over a month since we found out we were moving, and since then we have moved, hosted our parents for a Canadian Thanksgiving, started school again, and finally I have started baby sitting in our home again. All in five (5) weeks. It doesn’t seem real, and it seems like it has been a lot longer than five weeks.
This morning I fault like a failure. Big time failure. At everything. We have barely done school. My house is so disorganized – I am only finally getting a chest of drawers tonight – that disorganization isn’t helping me feel better. For the first time in four years I thought about putting my kids in public school so I could get a “real” job because I was feeling like a failure at providing childcare, something I have been doing for 10 years.
But then after feeding two little 1 year old cuties, they BOTH went down for a nap. I reheated my coffee and here I am. Feeling a heck of a lot better, like I just might figure it all out.
3 Tips to Juggling Momma
Say no! Do not take on more than you can handle. Sometimes, even though you don’t want to, you really just need to say no to whatever it is that is being asked of you, no matter who is asking.
Self care. I can scream it from the roof tops, but this is just as important as saying no to too much. Do you. Take a walk. Get a massage. Go take a bath. Take time for yourself. Do whatever it takes to care of yourself.
Plan. Paper or digital, find a planner that works for you and stick with it. Make time, schedule it in, to plan ahead, even if it is only a day or a week ahead. I plan a week ahead at a time, each Sunday night I decorate my Happy Planner and plan my week ahead. Knowing what your days looks like gives you the chance to see what is important and what you can say no to, and what you can let go off.
Stick to the basics. This doesn’t have to be forever, but until you get your balance, find your routine, stick the basics of what you need to cover in your homeschool lessons. When things are unbalanced or out of whack, we go back to math, reading and writing, before tying to add other things in.