Without having a major meltdown
Real life isn’t a Norman Rockwell painting. It’s filled with twists, turns, and homeschooling.
Trying to get through the holidays is tough. My first time with homeschooling during the holidays presents a challenge. I work full-time so I took off a week’s vacation to relax and concentrate on cooking a belt-busting fabulous meal Thursday.
Homeschooling changed all of that. In the past, I could forget about homework, school zones, and feel like a single woman again with my husband at work and my son only making appearances for food and the occasional, “I’m bored Mom.”
Not anymore. Teaching my son from home means he still needs a schedule. I believe I worry more about him retaining information than I did when he was in public school.
I’ll be honest with you. Monday, I was on point. We got a lot accomplished with writing his name, learning new sight words, and even going to the library. When Tuesday came, I didn’t want to be bothered and neither did he.
We pushed through our temper tantrums and got through lessons, but I couldn’t help feeling it was forced. When my daughter was his age, it was pajamas all day, leaving the house when we felt like it, and going to my friends’ house to mooch, uh share Thanksgiving. Now I’m a mom to two, grandmother to one, soon to be a mother in law, AND homeschool teacher, I feel overwhelmed guys.
I know, I know, I’m whining. Yet did I forget to mention, I’m cooking Thanksgiving dinner this year. AGAIN!
I’ve seriously slacked off this week and I’m scared I won’t be able to go back to our regularly scheduled program. Did you feel this way in the beginning? I’m seriously stressing out over this.
I don’t know about you, but I have an all or nothing attitude when it comes to challenges. I’m afraid if I give myself room to breathe I won’t come back. This is why I haven’t been to a WeightWatchers meeting in months, why I can’t stay on a cleaning schedule, and why I can’t binge watch an entire season on Netflix in one day.
My mind needs a break from routine. This is why vacations were invented, right?
As I slowly slip into madness, I realize there is something I forgot to do. I haven’t talked to my BFF in weeks. We messaged on Facebook Wednesday, but I need to talk to someone before I lose my mind.
But I haven’t started shopping for my Thanksgiving meal yet. Oh, why is this so hard?
When hubby got home from work, I hide in my office where my desk displays Wonder Woman memorabilia. I’ve been a fan before Gal Gadot donned the tiara. As I admire my growing collection I think, what would Wonder Woman do in this situation?
It just got real. Somebody get me coffee, something to write with, and my golden lasso. I feel the need to write a checklist!
Homeschooling through the Holidays Checklist
Take a break from your regular schedule
First of all, homeschooling doesn’t mean you’re chained to an insane schedule. It’s okay to take a break. You can do this by following the public school schedule or simply create your own. Check out my FREE Busy Woman 14-day printable planner.
Take a field trip
As big mama would say, there’s more than one way to skin a cat or in this case, learn. Our trip to the library resulted in a wonderful book titled Fat Chance Thanksgiving by Patricia Lakin, about a non-traditional Thanksgiving meal. If you want to teach your kids a valuable life lesson, volunteer to feed the homeless or Meals on Wheels before Thanksgiving dinner so they can learn to appreciate what they have.
Use your hands
Instead of buying pricey decorations, scour Pinterest for DIY decorations with your kids. Your kids will have fun and your inner kid will get a bang out of playing with Elmer’s Glue and glitter. Remember those handprint turkeys in first grade?
Hide from the world
You will never get it all done so stop killing yourself. And for those of you that are stubborn enough to prove me wrong, yes you probably can, but where’s the fun in perfection? For your sanity and for the sanity of those around you, take a break, a walk, a cup of tea, play Candy Crush…I prefer Designer Home on Google Play.
What I’ve Learned
In conclusion, the lesson in all of this is you don’t have to walk a tightrope to teach your kids. Your reason for homeschooling may be different from someone else’s reason, but the goal is the same. We want to spend time with our children and provide an education that they can use in their chosen fields and in their lives.
There is a timfor rules and a time for fun. Life has ebbs and flows which is why above everything else, children must know how to be flexible and to take time to appreciate the things that really matter.
How about you Mom and Dad? Do you have something that works for you to help with homeschooling during the holidays? I’d love to read and share your comments on my other social media pages.
Bonnie Harris Price