Consistency is Key

With schools being closed, a lot of people are finding themselves thrust into the stresses of homeschooling. It’s definitely not an easy transition to make. I’ve been homeschooling for going on 5 years now, and I still struggle with each new transition. Each new stage that Mason enters creates new challenges for us.

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The leaves on our little sugar maple are starting to change color

Yesterday I almost threw out my favorite curriculum in favor of an online one because I felt like I couldn’t give the kids the one on one time they needed. Instead, I said a prayer and took some time to brainstorm what I could change to make things a little more consistent.

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Basically, I felt impressed to prioritize four things every day: Scripture & prayer, school, physical activity, & chores. In order to get those things done, I’m going to try to get up and make a hearty breakfast for the boys every morning so we can remember to pray before our meal, and I can read the Book of Mormon while they’re eating. I know if we make the effort to put God first, he’ll help us with the rest.

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Today was a good example of that. Ryan got me a new smart watch, and it is really good at tracking sleep. I got a terrible night’s sleep last night because Mason was up a ton and I got to bed late because I was planning our new routine. But even though I was tired, I did my best to put in the effort and show God I was willing to put Him first. I made up a big batch of french toast, and we read a few verses from the Book of Mormon while we ate.

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We didn’t get as much done as I hoped we would, but we were able to do a lot considering the fact that I was running on fumes. We did our chores, played outside and exercised together, and even got a few things done for school. Thankfully Mason took a nap for me, so I was able to sneak in a nap too.

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These boys and their Dad are my world. Sometimes I get distracted and focus too much on what I can do for myself, and not what I can do for them. I think self care is super important, but we need to find balance in all things. Sometimes I get too into my blog because I want to earn an income so Ryan can quit his second job. Sure, those are great intentions, but the reason he works two jobs is so I can be here to prioritize the home and kids. 

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So I’m continually working on balance. Sometimes something happens that tips the scale, like the kids get sick, or we have family come visit. And that’s ok – I just have to get everything back in balance. Sometimes it takes me a while to recover and figure out how to do that.

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