As an introverted person, homeschooling can present many challenges that can be almost debilitating if you're not prepared for them. Making a few adjustments to your daily routine can help alleviate some of the overwhelm you may experience in homeschooling.
For me, I knew that homeschooling was going to be hard. I like time to myself...I NEED it on a consistent basis to recharge. I also need a peaceful environment if I have any hope of establishing any form of focus. If your an introverted mom like I am, you can relate.
I know Yah must have a sense of humor because He gave me the sweetest, cutest, loudest, and clingiest kiddos on this side of heaven. While I'm grateful for their out-going nature, it can be a bit much (or a lotta-much) for me at times.
Once we started homeschooling, the overwhelm kicked into overdrive. Even now I find myself at the breaking point more often than I'd like to admit...clinging to every ounce of solitude in a pit of desperation. It may sound overdramatic but it's a very real depiction of my life as a homeschool mom. I love homeschooling my children...it's just not easy for me...
Here are some simple tips I use to help alleviate the overwhelm of homeschooling:
3. Be Open & Honest With Your Kids AND Your Spouse!
This one is super important! When I'm having a rough day, I make sure to be open with my kids about it. "Hey guys, mommy's having a hard time today. I'm sorry if I'm being snippy. I just need to take some time away so I can calm down." There's no shame in being honest with them. At least they know what's going on. And the same goes with your spouse! When he's asking you if your ok and you say "I'm fine" but you not really fine (guilty)...he's going to know. Save yourself the aggravation and just be honest. "I'm having a hard time babe. I'm feeling really overwhelmed and I think I just need to take 5." You'll spare everyone the agony of having to decipher your "Tude".
4. Play Soft Music in the Background
You know what they say, "Music soothes the savage beast." And children are no different! A lot of times I'll play either classical music or I'll throw on some worship music and just let it play in the background. Not only does it keep the kids calm, but it helps to keep mama centered at the same time. Win-Win!
5. Know That It's Ok to Have An "I Just Can't" Day
Because some days you "just can't". And that's ok! Just know that exploring bugs at the park falls under science exploration...you're welcome...
Though I'd like to say these sanity saving tips for homeschooling have cured me of my introverted ways, that's simple not the case. I still have days where I struggle, but these tips have helped tremendously at lessening the frequency and impact of feeling overwhelmed. I'm able to recognize when I need to step away and that in itself makes all the difference!
Until Next Time, Be Encouraged...
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Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. I'm passionate about the calls that we as women have on our lives. Memoirs of a Good Thing was created to help us heed these calls...I hope it speaks to your heart =)