I see you, mom. I see you taking stock of all that you’ve done in your homeschool so far this year and feeling like it’s not enough. I see you wondering how you’ll ever finish x, y and z before the end of the year, contemplating giving up that promised summer vacation so that you don’t “ruin” your kids’ academic lives.
I’ve been there, too.
I see you wondering if you can continue this homeschooling journey that you once felt so strongly felt called to. I see you considering alternative options and praying over what’s best for your kids.
I’ve pondered the same questions.
This is the dreaded-after-New-Year-slump. We all feel it to some extent or another. Chances are if you’re feeling it, your kids are, too.
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Renew Yourself Before The Finish Line
It’s part of the natural cycle of homeschool life. Mom, I’m here to share my own experience and the experience of so many of my clients that will help you press on. You’ll get over the hump and you will finish this race strong!
It might seem counter-intuitive, but to renew your homeschool, you must first renew you. Here’s how to do it:
Take a Week Off
Allow your kids to play, paint, make music, run free. Do it with them!
Do things with your kids that are outside of your normal routine and comfort zone, for example:
Go visit that museum you’ve always wanted to see.
Spend a couple of days with family members you don’t visit often enough.
If your kids are older, go roam around your local college campus just for fun.
Stay away from academics. You need it, and your kids do, too.
Renounce The Worries
I’m here to tell you, no – – promise you – – that you’ve done more than you think you have this year and your kids have learned more than any of you dreamed you would. I like to “Marie Kondo” my homeschool every once in a while and make a giant pile of the work my kids have done and sort through it. I’m always overwhelmed by how much they have done. This is the best way to put those worries to rest.
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Check in With Yourself
Mom, please don’t lose sight of what brings you joy and happiness aside from educating your children. It is easy to lose ourselves in the day-to-day responsibilities of mothering and homeschooling. Make it a habit to check in with yourself every now and then ask yourself questions like this:
What do I enjoy doing?
Have I gotten out of my prayer and meditation habit? Do I need to start one?
What hobbies would I have if I had more time?
Have I exercised lately?
Involve Your Kids
At the end of the week, check-in with your kids and ask them if there are any parts of their homeschool routine that they wish to change? Write a New Year’s Resolution for your homeschool and start there. Make a new plan together. Any new habits that you formed this week and continue with them! Encourage your kids to choose one new habit to continue with. Make a plan for the rest of the year together. Hold each other accountable. Don’t forget to pray and finish strong, mom. You can do this! I’m cheering you on!
Start a New Habit
Is there anything that you once enjoyed doing but forgot about? Do that! Do it for one week while you renew yourself and your homeschool. Then choose one good habit to maintain after this week is over.
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