In the short time that I have been homeschooling, I have discovered a few simple habits that make life easier.
Wake up before your kids get up.
This will prove to be one of the most beneficial as well as one of the most difficult habits of them all! There is something empowering about choosing when you will start your day rather than having it chosen for you by your children. This is your best bet to squeeze in a little "me" time. When I wake up before my kids, I feel like I am in control of my day. This leads me to the next habit . . .
Fill your own cup first.
We have seen it time and time again: the flight attendant stands up in the front of the crowd to give the speech and demonstration on the importance of putting on your own oxygen mask first. Same concept here. You can truly give to your children when you have met your own needs first. What are your needs? For me it is exercise (preferably outside in the fresh air), scripture reading, prayer, and hello, a shower! Once I have done these things I am ready to face my children and my day.
Enlist the troops.
Don't be a martyr. You cannot do this alone. Homeschooling is a family affair so you are going to have to get everyone involved. Even if your kids are little, they can still help out. Giving your kids responsibilities in the home helps them to gain confidence, self respect, and will give them a sense of belonging and importance.
Learn to multitask.
No one ever said that learning has to take place at a desk. Listen to your child read while you are folding laundry, discuss the civil war with your sixth grader while you make dinner, do spelling and math drills in the car on the way to activities. There are ways to fit it all in. You just have to scoot on over and make room.
Focus on the positive.
Sometimes progress in homeschooling is not measurable. There are principles being learned that may not be seen for years to come. Focus on the small and simple successes. I love this quote by Pres. Uchtdorf
Written by- Nicole Carter