You press the button ON for the morning coffee, and think about today's agenda. Coordinate lessons, make copies of those math worksheets, and get to the grocery store to land some supplies. Oh―and there's that phone call to the insurance company―well that will definitely have to wait...
There are a million little details to orchestrate each day when we manage our households and teach at home. Whether we review those multiplication tables with our third-grader for the hundredth time, stock the fridge for the thousandth time, or taxi kids to music lessons for the thirtieth time―life can be mundane, wonderful, and/or overwhelming at times―sometimes all in one day!
As for practical ideas? I think that the key is to have a plan, and to set a certain rhythm to each day. Have a routine. But, remember, we're not going to be able to do all of this perfectly. We have to realize that perfection is not the goal. Progress, yes. Perfection, no. In A Mother's High Hopes, we talked about the impact that we have in our children's lives, and how to keep that in mind when we homeschool.
I recommend enlisting the kid's help, and talk about that in Order In The House. I took a lighthearted approach to the fact that we're all living under one roof, so everyone needs to pitch in with chores and cleaning.
So, my encouragement today is to keep the big picture in mind―the fact that you're making a tremendous investment into your children's spiritual, academic, and physical well being.
Enjoy your children today―the laughs, smiles, and lighter moments. And, just think, if you didn't homeschool, you'd miss out on so much. For more encouragement, check out Homeschooling on the Difficult Days.
Have an excellent day. God bless you!
“This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” -Psalm 118:24