Making Time For Yourself While Homeschooling
By L. D. Mairet
Making time for yourself while homeschooling seems like a dream. There are several tips that you can do to help yourself while you are staying home and giving so much to others.
First, get up an extra half hour to an hour before your children do. Make your coffee, read the newspaper, whatever you like to do just to start the day off relaxing. Eat a little breakfast to get you going. I personally enjoy sitting out on my back porch, drinking my decaf coffee, and enjoying some fresh air. Nice and relaxing not to mention quiet. Don't think about anything other than just relaxing. I know its hard because there are so many things you could be doing, but don't. Take the time for yourself. Everybody demands a lot out of you and you play so many rolls during the day, wife, mother, cook, house cleaner and educator. It's a lot of stress and you deserve the time for yourself.
Next, take about 15-20 minutes to do some exercise. If your children are awake, they can join in too. It will be great for the both of you. I know if your anything like me you dread the "E" word. I'm not telling you to go lift weights or do some extremely high impact workout. A low impact workout will do just fine. I prefer yoga for relaxation and exercise and your children will have fun with it too.
Get ready for the day. This is a step that most of us stay home moms just don't do. It's easy to not get ready for the day, or throw on a pair of sweats. However, I have found that when you get ready for the day you actually feel better about yourself and it reflects in your attitude for the day. Positive mental attitude will help give your children the best you.
Get dinner started. I know its morning but night time is a very stressful time for all families. If you have an idea of what you are making for dinner it will relieve a little stress off of you in the evening. Thaw your meat, throw in a crock pot meal, whatever you have planned for your evening meal. Now your ready to start your morning homeschool routine and your refreshed and ready to go with no worries.
In the evening, take another 30 minutes for yourself. Take a nice relaxing bath, go for a walk, write in a journal, whatever you can do to take time for yourself. Remember this time is for you. Don't do too much thinking or worrying at this time. This is time to think about NOTHING but relaxing. You can worry later!
Before you go to bed, make sure the house is clean and ready to go for tomorrow. Do your dishes so you don't have to worry about them when you get up. Set out your favorite coffee mug and get your coffee ready to start in the morning. It's going to be another refreshing day tomorrow!
About The Author
L. D. Mairet is a mother of four, former teacher with a triple major in education, and a previous educational preschool owner.