Do you think you rock it as a homeschool mom or are you just struggling to get through each day? I admit I tend to be more struggling to get through each day of camp. I am working hard to change that, and it seems so simple once I get into a routine, to be honest, and I struggle with keeping a routine at times, but a routine does make a big difference.
How to Rock it as A Homeschool Mom
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I have gone through these and added some actionable tips to help you rock your homeschool mom life.
Take Care of Yourself
Start by taking care of yourself first. You can’t pour from an empty cup, we’ve all heard that before, and it’s true. Exercising and eating right, every day, or as much as possible. I’m up before kids Monday – Friday to exercise and drink at least a cup of coffee before they get up. It’s my time just for me.
Try to find some time just for you. I know it’s hard, especially with young kids, I have been there, eventually finding time for yourself will get easier.
Start by getting up 5 minutes earlier, and then 10 minutes, until you are getting up early enough to get that time for yourself whether it’s to drink some coffee uninterrupted or to work on your side hustle/business.
Be An Organized Homeschool Mom
Don’t run around looking for everything each morning. I like to set aside one morning or evening a month to get everything figured out, be that just writing plans into my Happy Planner or making photocopies, or what have you. Having everything figured out before makes a huge difference.
Have you tried meal planning? Really tried it? I have. Meal planning makes everything in my day easier. I only meal plan for supper, because breakfast and lunch are free for all.
Not having to worry about finding something to make an hour (if I’m lucky) beforehand, or wishing I had to remember to toss something into the slow cooker saves me some stress each day.
Grab a meal planner, there are many available online for free, or you can buy Happy Planner menu planner inserts – I love these! I meal plan with grocery shopping in mind. Two weeks at a time.
I use the planner above to plan out our homeschool days. After a short time, our homeschool schedule will become second nature. In the beginning, I have written down what subjects we are doing each day, and when we are doing them throughout the day. I can always pull it back out again later on if we need refresher or to change things as life happens.
Please enjoy homeschooling your children. I know that it can be trying but take a deep breath, and have some fun. Turn up the music and dance the grumpiness out. Play some board games instead of doing math this afternoon. When frustration hits, take a time out or recess break if you will. Over the Christmas break, one of my girls’ friends asks us if they get recess, answer: not really.
Take a day, and instead of formal school lessons, have an educational day, or take the day completely off. One great thing about homeschooling is that you can relax a little, do education a little differently.
We for extra are starting school a week later than the public schools because it will give us a better, smoother start to our year.
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