Summer for the homeschooling mom.
Days to sleep in, days to just lay around and enjoy the kids… allowing 2 movies in a row or an extra hour of playing Wii.
You might be reading that and thinking, “Really? Is that
what summer is supposed to be like?”
A more realistic picture might be…
Summer for the homeschooling mom is here.
Days full of shopping for curriculum, rearranging the schoolroom, redecorating the schoolroom, reorganizing the bookcases, moving the desks/tables around because last year it just didn’t work quite right, reading online about different teaching helps, finding new tips for presenting math or science to your kids, relabeling work boxes, printing extra notebook pages, redesigning your school schedule… the list goes on and on.
In the midst of all the prep for the next school year, you are worrying that your kids aren’t reading enough in the summer, fearing they will forget their times tables, making sure they don’t watch too much TV, balancing summer sports, play dates, pool days, church activities, camps, laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning and all other mom type jobs. Maybe even trying to plan and fit in a family vacation.
Not to mention working around the house while the weather is nice…
Summer can be exhausting.
Fun, but tiring.
Beautiful, but busy.
Relaxing, but oh so taxing.
In the midst of it all, I want to encourage you to breathe…
take a deep breath and enjoy a moment of quiet.
As a homeschooling mom who has to keep so many things together all year round, we can get a take charge attitude that will plow us through even the most busy season.
But sometimes we need to be told to take a break.
Remember why we are doing these things in the first place.
Give ourselves permission to not just physically prepare for next year (because let’s face it… it must be done)…
But also, give ourselves permission to mentally and spiritually prepare for the coming year.
It doesn’t matter how good we are at planning, scheduling, teaching, preparing and multi-tasking.
We need His mighty strength in us to make it all count. For His glory. For an eternal purpose in our kids’ lives.
So, whether you are having that relaxing summer or that crazy busy summer, push pause for a few minutes and let yourself breathe, refuel and enjoy.