Have your ever thought about the word "homeschooling"? Schooling done at home. Now don't get me wrong. I know learning occurs everywhere. But in my state as the kids get older, certain educational requirements become stricter. Requirements that mean completing a course on a certain subject. It is important that I provide time for my children to complete these requirements.
Problem is, I often fall prey to a homeschooling mom line of thinking that goes a little something like this: "My kids don't go to school. I must fill the days with extra activities in order to be a stellar homeschooling mom." And then my calendar begins to look a little like this:
Not a single open day for something spontaneous like a picnic at the lake.
What happens when we are constantly running around is that it off-sets the balance and harmony that we feel when we are relaxed and stress free. Freeing up the schedule and learning to say no can help maintain the rhythm of successful schooling.
Just because your kids are not around 20 other kids of the same age every day does not mean you have to say yes to every co-op, park day, field trip, and art lesson that comes your way. Learning how to stay home can benefit the entire family. Kids won't be so tired, and parents won't be so stressed and overwhelmed. It's a win-win for all.
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