It’s back to school time and I have a question for you!
What makes your family’s school days go better, whether your children attend traditional school or whether they are homeschooled? Do you have any mom tips to share?
I started our new homeschool year with a lot of apprehension, but God has been very good and we had the best first days of school that I can remember (either as a student or now as a teacher).
A couple things helped. One is simply throwing myself on the mercy of God, knowing that I can’t do this on my own. I am not super organized or particularly gifted, and teaching my children is more a matter of obedience to God and personal calling than of being a homeschool devotee. That said, I do want them to have a happy childhood and a good education, so I’m so thankful for God’s help to enable it go better and better. The longer I parent (admittedly not very long yet) the more I realize that I just can’t get it right on my own; I have to have Jesus.
Secondly, I made a realistic schedule, something like this one (but tailored to our family). This was not my first go-round with a schedule, not by a long way. I have typed countless ones over the years, all of which have failed…until this year. I gave myself a bit more grace, which mainly means I didn’t put things on there that I knew would probably not get done anyway (getting up for a 4am workout, for example…if you do this please don’t tell me). I also alerted the kids to my expectations in advance, which has helped. I don’t say this to brag, but rather to encourage you that if schooling/routine/child training have seemed almost impossible, hang in there and it will get better! All these years of rocky starts are finally paying off for me!
Third, for a couple weeks now I’ve been preparing for the next day the night before…lay out clothes for everyone, make any necessary advanced breakfast prep, make sure I know what’s for supper the following night, check the calendar for appointments, and scratch out a quick to-do. (I have this written into the schedule so I don’t forget, because I WOULD forget.) This 10 minutes of preparation makes the mornings go SOOOO much better.
So what about you? I can’t wait to hear!