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At the beginning of our homeschooling adventure I knew that there would be some major adjustments. I was determined that my days would go on as usual even if I was adding in the huge responsibility of educating our children in the process. I stayed under this notion that I could keep my home spotless, work from home and homeschool our children until all of those plates collided.
When homeschooling our children and keeping up the home collide you can become so overwhelmed.
Even more so if you are like me and have to have order within your living quarters to actually feel like you can function. It was in one of my moments of disarray that a dear friend of mine reminded me that I needed to evaluate all I was trying to do by myself and she also reminded me that though our home may never look as it once did it could have order at that we would find our way to get it all done.
That day I chewed on what my friend had said. I knew that I was going to have to make changes within myself. However I also knew that things were going to have to change in our home for everyone else. After all I knew that if I continued at the rate I was going I was going to become weary and a weary mom is one that isn’t going to be extremely beneficial to those who she is tending to.
The next morning we started the day the same as always, around our kitchen table for our devotions. Afterward instead of dispersing to do our own activities I presented my children with the cold hard facts. No longer would I be doing all the work. Instead they would all be helping and for those who didn’t know how to do something they would be taught.
I put not only them but myself on a new system. For myself I had to learn that my home was no longer going to look great. I wasn’t always going to get things on my long list done and that was OK. I tweaked my cleaning routine to not only include myself but all my children. Together we would conquer both school and home activities.
For myself, I had to come to terms with the fact that not all the chores would be done the way I want them done. However they would get done because we were going to work as a team. I had to learn that I needed to focus less on doing everything and I needed to focus more on helping them learn how to do everything. I had to learn to let go of the notion that a home isn’t suppose to be messy and embrace the fact that homeschooling can in fact get a bit messy.
Messy can be OK. As a matter of fact I have grown to become OK with messes. However we have one rule. Before the end of the day we have to erase the days events from the home. That way when I go to bed at night I am able to sleep well knowing that not only have the children had a great day with school but that I also fulfilled my duty of keeping my home. So every single night we take 30 mins and quickly put away all our things and in that 30 mins as we work as a team we are able to get more accomplished together, as team. After all that is what we are.
We are a team.
A team who works together.
A team who plays together.
A team who is willing to serve together in whatever ways that God calls us to serve.
The fact is that homeschooling and housework will always collide with each other. It doesn’t mean that they can not both be managed. If, of course, you are willing to shed your own need for perfection and be willing to ask for help from your team mates.
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