I sat down today to create a new gift guide: Top Gifts for the Homeschool Mom--full of cool products and affiliate links. But then I realized, the things I want for Christmas can’t be found on Amazon.
I love my children. I love teaching them and devoting my days to their learning and happiness. We have many grand adventures and learn many fascinating things. But what I want for Christmas more than anything else is for someone to take them far, far away from me for a couple of days. Maybe a week. Long enough for me to have a day to relax and do nothing AND clean my house from top to bottom AND get some writing done.
I want to hand my life to someone and have them fix it. I want to see the floor in my office, or any room of my house, without having to push a stack of books out of the way first. Bonus points if this person has some serious psychiatric training and can organize my brain while they’re at it.
Because honestly? The books aren’t the only problem. Piles of laundry, papers, toys, and whatever surprises Mr. Rabbit has left that I haven’t discovered yet.
I’m pretty sure I’m going on about a year since my last haircut. This goes along with the babysitter thing, when do I have time?? If I get an hour of time away from my kids, I want to spend it sitting in Starbucks at my computer, answering emails from two months ago that I probably missed because I was being told about Minecraft at the time.
I want to go to the store and buy whatever sweet treat I want and not have to worry about how my children feel about it, or who will eat it before I have the chance (i’m looking at you, Husband).
I want to feel pretty, have fun, and be able to buy a cocktail without worrying about how overpriced it is and how many groceries I could buy with that money.
I want 36 hour days. Not to do more work, because working is lame. But it would be nice to get everything done that needs to be done in a day and still have time to have fun, sleep, maybe even take a bubble bath.
My life is pretty freaking good. I am able to live the life I chose, able to spend my days with my children while my husband brings home the bacon. This is what I wanted for my life, what I still want, and I am not taking for granted what I have. But there are days when being a homeschooling mom, or any mom, or any person, is exhausting. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just take a break and enjoy a vacation this holiday season instead of getting a new mixer or pair of earrings? So, when looking for the perfect gift for the homeschool mom on your list, step away from the laminators. Save yourself a few bucks and offer to entertain the kids for the day instead. I guarantee in the longrun this will be far, far more appreciated.