I've learned in my 6 years of homeschooling that I definitely set the tone in my home. If I'm in a bad mood, more often than not, we're going to have a rough homeschooling day. And face it, we know we're all going to wake up in a bad mood sometimes.
I've learned several tricks along the way that seem to help me shake off my grumpy moods.
1. Take a moment for some self-care.
Maybe yoga is your thing, maybe it's drinking coffee outside by yourself....whatever it is, take a few minutes of time for yourself. Recharge so that you have love and kindness to give away to your kids throughout the day. If I can workout in some way in the morning, I find that I'm much more pleasant to be around. It helps to release stress that I may be under, it makes me feel accomplished and it gets my blood pumping, so that I feel ready to tackle whatever the day holds.
2. Have some quiet time.
Taking even 5 minutes to drink my coffee, read the Bible and/or pray can quickly change my bad attitude. If I have a little more time, I throw in a bit of journaling too. I don't know if you're anything like me, but sometimes I just don't know where to start when I pick up my Bible. I've started reading one Psalm each day and then read a bit from the New Testament also. Sometimes it's a chapter, sometimes, it's a paragraph, but I love to copy a verse or two in my journal and ask God to reveal whatever He wants to show me through that scripture. This simple practice has made such a profound difference in my quiet time. I find myself thinking about the verse that I copied throughout the day or the Holy Spirit will bring it to my mind at the exact moment in the day when I feel like throwing in the towel.
3. Drop the books and do something you all love.
I'm the queen of sticking to a plan. If you need a type A personality to keep you organized, I'm the one you want on your team. This has its blessings, right along with its curses. I have a VERY difficult time just letting go of whatever it is that I've planned for us to accomplish during our homeschool day.... even if the wheels fell off hours ago. I am still working on this, but I've seen huge improvements in this area. If we are on the struggle bus and are crying our way through a math lesson, sometimes we just need a short break to get some perspective. Try taking a walk around your neighborhood. Have some read aloud time (my kids love this). Let the kids go outside and play for a bit. Make a sweet treat together and then eat it while you finish that math lesson. The list here is endless. Just do something that you all enjoy and remember, one of the great benefits of homeschooling is that you can take a break whenever YOU need or want to take one.
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Thanks so much for visiting. I'm Heather. I'm a wife, mother and educator who loves trying to make beauty of the life around me.