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B – Balance
One of the questions I get asked when I share my homeschooling experience with others is, “How do you do it all?” While I would love to share about a harmonies life where everything works together in perfect unity, my honest answer to that question is, I don’t.
I don’t do it all.
If I have learned anything over the last year is that I have to pick my battles. I have to choosing daily what I will focus on so that I don’t drive myself crazy. I cant’ stop working, andd working outside the home 40 hours a week is a challenge for any mom, let alone a homeschooling mom. But my busy schedule demands balance or everything will fall apart.
So how do I balance my life as a busy working, homeschooling mom?
Cooking – My husband has always been my counterpart in the kitchen. One of the things that most attracted me to him while we were dating is his ability to plate food. Since he’s home on medical disability for the foreseeable future, he cooks during the week, and I cook on the weekends.
Housecleaning – I manage to keep the kitchen clean, the laundry running and the bathroom toilets and sinks wiped down. My husband helps here and there when he’s physically able to. I have 2 teenage children and an adult son living at home, so I try to disperse chores on a weekly basis for things like dusting and picking up. Sometimes it happens, but most often it doesn’t. I was never really good with follow through in the chore department. I joined a weekly declutter challenge at the beginning of January of which I’ve failed miserably at so far, but February’s schedule is printed so I’m hoping for a fresh start.
Grocery shopping/errands – I reserve my grocery, Costco and Trader Joes runs for the weekend as well as other errands. I don’t like taking up half of my Saturday to do this sort of thing, but it has to be done.
Family – My kids lives outside the home are sometimes busier than ours. We do eat together at the dinner table most nights and we have one Sunday a month where my oldest daughter, her husband and my beautiful grandson come to visit. My husband and I have a standing “in home Friday night date night” while the kids are at youth where we talk, watch movies, play games, etc.
Spiritual Life – Spending time with God is vital to my well being, so I schedule the first hour of my morning to read my Bible and journal. Some days I get behind, but I’ve allowed myself grace in this area. I also am constantly listening to worship music, reading Christ-centered blogs and articles and attend church almost every Sunday.
Blogging – I reserve Sunday night, Tuesday night and Thursday night for writing in this space for the most part. Other than that, I spend a couple of hours a few nights a week reading blogs, commenting, encouraging, participating in facebook groups, etc. I also write lots of homeschool reviews on products that have greatly benefitted us.
Me Time – I think it is vitally important for every mom to find time for herself to let loose and have fun. Once every few weeks or so I gather with a group of ladies for movie night. I also drive an hour to see my best girlfriend once a month where we shop, drink coffee and chat for hours. You will often find me curled up on the couch with my Fire Tablet, pup on my lap, reading books or watching Netflix.
Homeschooling – I am thankful our son is at an age where he can be mostly independent in his learning. Because many of his classes are on line, that means auto correction and less time correcting for me. I schedule his work out at least three months, and every thing is subject to change. I don’t try to pry my son out of bed at the crack of dawn. He gets up around 11:00 (teenage boys!) and starts school after lunch. He is usually done by 4 or 5 with the exception of any projects we are working on together or anything he’s needing more help in.
This is just a small glimpse into my semi-balanced life. As you can see, I don’t do it all. I can’t imagine having to do all of the things that are often expected of moms and add homeschooling on top of that. Even with what I am doing, sometimes I feel as if I’m chasing my tail.
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