(September 14, 2020)
I hope you all have had a good week. It’s been a very difficult week here. We lost two pets to a terrible tragedy and have been struggling to recover.
I’ve been watching social media and reading lots of posts and comments from so many parents who are struggling with making all this work. Let’s face it, many of you are juggling a career, a home, children, and now your child’s education. That’s a lot. It’s too easy to fall into the trap thinking you have to be supermom or superdad. Unfortunately, none of us are that person, we are only human and we get overwhelmed. The good news is you are not alone.
Whether homeschooling is a choice you made or one that has been brought on by the pandemic, you now have more responsibilities on your plate. If you are like anything like me, you never really kept a strict schedule but now you find yourself in the middle of what feels like a tornado. How do I work and teach my children? How do I take care of my toddlers and ensure my school-age children are doing there work? When do I clean the house? Can I get to bed before the sun comes up?
If you are finding yourself asking any of those questions, it’s okay. I will say it again. You are not alone! My first suggestion is to get yourself a dry erase board and make even a loose schedule. Take it hour by hour, if you need. School time and work time are “have to’s” with little wiggle room, so they get scheduled first. Choose a day and time to get housecleaning done. Don’t forget to include the kids in this. Chores, in my opinion, are a necessity for children. They help make the mess, they should be held responsible for helping to clean it up. Even little ones can be given a few wash cloths to fold or a damp rag to wipe down whatever they can reach. Their contribution might not be much, but they are learning skills they will need as they grow. Schedule in downtime so you don’t burn yourself out. Quiet time was always a must in our house. My toddlers took a nap every day and my older kids were required a half hour of quiet time in their rooms. They weren’t allowed to be on anything electronic. They could read, color, chill on their beds–the goal was to give their brains a screen break. It was a lifesaver for me.
Having your children home for school is a huge commitment and I commend each and everyone of you. YOU were your child’s teacher from day one. YOU are still the best teacher for your child! Try to remember none of us is perfect and we are all working our way through this together.
If you need to talk or have more specific questions. Drop me an email or a message on social media.