Homeschooling is wonderfully beneficial. Not only to your children but to your family and life its self. The flexibility is a tremendous plus. More importantly than that is the ability to see your children flourish and grow right before your eyes. The time you get to spend with them is additionally amazing.
Some of you may say, I can see them grow and flourish while they are at school as well. One of the debates I often get is, it gives us something to talk about at the dinner table. My rebuttal is, imagine all of the things they left out. And sure, you can talk about it, but to see it is even better.
Now, I am not here to badger you or make you feel guilty about homeschooling because I have my days where I just get to the point that I do not want to do this anymore. Those we call teacher planning days. 😉
I am here to be honest with you and I am definitely not looking through rose colored glasses. Like any other day of being a parent, you get tired. This is why I am going to discuss the importance of taking care of your me real self.
Theses tips are not exclusive to homeschooling parents so feel free to take notes either way.
1. Get a good friend. This is important for some that it not be a family member or friend who is,already on the fence, or even against homeschooling. You need to be able to laugh, chat, cry and vent without the preconceived notion and attitude of “I told you so”. This friend needs to be able to listen without interruption or judgement in addition to ‘closing out’ with positive words and energy of encouragement.
2. Get out. I know for me, being a mom, homeschooler, plus run my business from home, life can often feel like I am on house arrest. McRush bought me a small car so I can periodically ride out to my ratchet music without worries of getting the radio edit version.
3. Grab a book and go outside. I am all about nature. I kick my shoes of and walk barefoot in the grass to release tension and stress. I also like to lay out in the sun and get re-energized. Take a book, find your spot, and relax.
4. Go for a walk alone. Sometimes you need some one on one with yourself to just clear your mind and breathe in some clean air. Its a great way to get in a little exercise too.
5. Take a nap. Sometimes we really just need a break and a nap is just what the doctor ordered. Relieve yourself from thinking for awhile. Turn on some soothing music and doze off.
For me, some days I need a couple of these remedies! Take it easy on yourself and remove your cape because Super Moms need energy to be great!