Dishes are in the sink. Laundry is overflowing the hamper. Toys are from one end of the living room to the other. You just ran out of milk before getting breakfast for all of the kids. You’re not yet caffeinated, and you just stepped on a LEGO. The kids have school in about 15 minutes, and instead of breathing that sigh of relief that you can finally get caught up on the housework and running errands while your children are at school, you grit your teeth, shuffle into your homeschool area, and begin your homeschool day.
Lately, that is how my mornings have been going. Everything seemed to be falling apart around me. The house, the kids, and even their school work. I wasn’t happy with how things were going and needed a break, but with three children at home with me all day everyday, and a husband who works full-time, I wasn’t sure how I was going to get a break so that I could catch up on the myriad of items on my to do list that just never seemed to get done.
In one of my cranky, not quite caffeinated whine sessions (I’m not proud of it, but I admit, I whine) I realized that I’m the only one who had a problem with the state of things, and not anyone else in the house – or outside our house for that matter. I needed to just let it go.
Easier said than done. I knew I needed help in getting our daily to do list accomplished, but I wasn’t entirely sure how to get there. Over the last week though, things really seemed to click.
3 Steps to Tame Our Homeschool Day:
- No TV until all school work is finished. That might sound like a given, but with two school aged children and a toddler, someone was always in the mood for a show. By making sure the TV stayed off until everyone was finished all of their work, I was able to get more done in a shorter amount of time.
- I stopped waiting for both children to be awake to start school. By waiting for both children to be awake, I was doing my early riser a disservice. He works so much better early in the morning, and by waking up when he does, we are able to complete all of his school work with fewer distractions, often before the other kiddos even get out of bed.
- The children now have chores to complete around our home. Housework wasn’t getting done because I wasn’t doing it. By assigning tasks to the children, the house is tidier and more is getting accomplished than before while I am doing less work. At first, I was concerned because the cleaning wouldn’t be to my standards, and then I thought about it – it already wasn’t to my standards because it wasn’t getting done! Something is definitely better than nothing.
While it may seem like common sense, making these three small changes to tame our homeschool day has really taken a lot of stress out of our lives, and has allowed me to enjoy my children more, and they are gaining valuable life skills that will benefit all of us in the future.