You are NOT going to believe this, but a big struggle for the homeschooling mom is how to get things done when the kids are under foot all day. Okay, I’m just kidding. Well, only about the “You are NOT going to believe this” part. I’m sure you don’t have to be a homeschooling mom to have this dilemma. I know moms with multiple children too young for school deal with this, too.
I must add that I’ve been feeling this pinch lately and that is an understatement! To say that I have a great organized plan and don’t stuggle with this certainly would not be honest. Yes, I’m still trying to figure out how to make it all work in our home. Though I do know some of what needs to be changed, I find that actually making the change happen is the hardest part.
Does this hit home with you? Whether or not you homeschool, do you find that there’s just a point when you need the kids to go away (to Grandma’s or somewhere safe) so you can focus and think without all the neediness, whines and interruptions?
I’ve read that there are “schedule” families and then there are “routine” families. We are a weak version of the “routine” sort, in my opinion. But as long as the work is getting done, I have to be content with that until I figure out a better plan. I’m talking about a plan where I feel more in control and successful with getting their work and mine done in a pleasant, enjoyable and prepared manner, Is that too much to ask? (No, really, is it? I’m asking you.)
In a perfect world, I would have a few hours a week of uninterrupted time to focus on homeschool planning and meal planning. Then I could use a few hours to focus on blog work. I’d also have a better organizing system. Every now and then, actually more like all the time, I have problems with keeping the paper clutter under control.
In a perfect world, I’d have a place for everything. Oh, and some nice shelves and maybe some better containers, organizing tools and most of all a plan. A plan that works for me! And now I’ve reduced this post to the equivalent of a Christmas wishlist.
Well, all that to say, picking out homeschool curriculum is certainly not the only dilemma a homeschool mom faces. Though there are many times each day when my boys can really pluck my nerves, it truly is a joy to have them around because I can really get to know them. I don’t feel like I’m missing out on an important part of their life (like six or seven hours a day, five days a week).
And we will continue on with our homeschooling … plan or no plan, paper mess and all, even until my last nerve is being plucked … because I love my boys and I believe the choice to homeschool them is the best choice for them.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.primeparentsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/primeparentpic.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]About the Author
“Homeschooling-mom” and “mom-blogger” are two roles Tracy Zdelar didn’t plan on owning. However, as they often do, things changed. She is the Prime Parents’ Club Homeschooling Contributor and also writes at her blog Hall of Fame Moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.[/author_info]
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