Don’t we all want to experience at least one easy school day every once in a while? I would. It seems that we never can start on time, the house is a disaster, there is nothing easy to fix for lunch, the 3 yr old is trying to kill her baby brother…and anything else that you can think of to keep us from having a good productive day of school.
Rachel knows my pain! Here is what she wrote.
Almost every homeschool blogger I know has one. You know, the posts about “A Real Day.” Apparently we all feel led at one point or another to make sure other moms know that life isn’t perfect, school doesn’t always get done, the laundry is usually piled on the sofa, and we occasionally sleep a little late. But then it is back to regular programming, that post gets buried with all the others, and moms are left reading about joyful, peaceful homeschool days reminiscent of The Waltons.
“We are all unique and bring something different to the homeschool table” . . . blah blah blah. It sounds great, but unless we truly believe it, it’s just a bunch of pretty words. I have written about this several times and have told it to myself even more, but really believing it is hard for me. Most recently I have been struggling with a daily schedule. Trying to find enough hours in the day to exercise and read devotionals, spend quality time with the girls learning and reading books, having the house not look like a tornado hit it for once, attempting to look somewhat decent when my husband comes home, and trying to get enough sleep so that I can wake up and do it all again has been very difficult. It seems as though I have two stages – the first is where everything is going like clockwork and getting done but I am constantly exhausted and feeling like I am playing beat the clock, or the second stage where none of it gets done, and I gain 15 pounds!
- I can start school AFTER lunch?!?
- I can do what seems to come naturally to me — catch up on computer time while waking up, use the burst of energy I get after to do what I dislike the most (cleaning the house) and save the highlight of my day (school time with the girls) for later?
- We can start school after lunch and when we are done, already have the house clean, exercise done and have the rest of the day for real free play?
- Can I really break the classic rule of school first in the morning?
- Is there really such a rule after all???
I have no idea if this new schedule will work for us or not, or if this will help anyone else out there, but I wanted to share one more myth that I have dispelled for myself. I hope this gives you the freedom to break some of the rules you have created in your own minds and propels you to a schedule that can truly bring JOY to your day and family!!!
Heart of the Matter is giving away a book called, “See I Told You So!” It is 18 stories written by veteran HS moms. If you would be interested in entering their giveaway then go to their website & post a comment.