Guest Post by Katheryn of The Healthy and Fit Homeschool Mom.
Being a homeschool mom can be hard work. I have found through the many years, however, that I truly have created my own hard work. At those times I realized I was not disciplined or consistent, which definitely made my job a lot harder!
I used to have one of those fancy schedules, you know the one, where everyone had a color and every minute was accounted for. It was so pretty on my fridge and everyone thought I had it all together. Honestly, I was a slave to that schedule. So afraid of missing a minute. I realized that the schedule was enslaving me, making me into the mommy I didn’t want to be. I needed to find what worked for me.
Schedules are amazing. They give us a goal and a plan for our day. But they have to be realistic and achievable. I am all about learning and growing as a mommy, but not at the sake of my schedule. Having my children’s heart is much more important than dusting, teaching them that the Lord is there for them every minute of the day is so much more important than clean floors.
While I am still learning the joy of letting things go (which let me you tell you has been a journey), I have definitely become much more flexible in my schedule. Sometimes we need to get out, go to the park, go for a walk, or even get a coffee. Some days we sit on the couch watching shows a little longer in the morning, or make a fancy breakfast.
My goal is to create memories for my children. Memories that will last a lifetime. I want them to remember that homeschooling was the most incredible experience, that their mom loved the Lord, and most of all that I loved them.
A schedule can definitely bring peace into a chaotic day, but the most important thing we can do is be consistent with our children. Creating an environment of team work, love and a place where they can fail. There isn’t just one perfect way of getting this done, it looks so different for every family. I wanted the perfect way, but the biggest freedom came when I realized there isn’t one. What works for one family isn’t going to work for me.
You can find joy in having a schedule, but it is okay to not have every minute accounted for. It is okay to play and leave something undone. It is okay to do something different. Most importantly, if it isn’t working, you mama, have the freedom to change it.
Katheryn is a homeschool mama to 6 beautiful blessings. She has been married for 11 years to Bret and lives in sunny Arizona. She enjoys working out, homeschooling and dates with her hubby. You can join her at www.thehealthyandfithomeschoolmom.com.
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