This month has seen a lot of changes in our homeschool. Well, maybe more changes in how I see our homeschool. I don’t think our homeschool has actually changed that much, yet.
I started looking into Leadership Education (a.k.a. Thomas Jefferson Education). Lately, because of how fun pregnancy is for me and having a new baby, we haven’t really been homeschooling much at all. I think I am ready for more structure and looking forward to inspiring my children to learn.
Struggles in April
The time is going way too fast. How is it already May? How is it that my baby is 2 months old! Time management continues to be a skill that alludes me. Maybe it’s because I have five active kids (are there any other kind?), maybe it’s because I’m sleep deprived from nursing at night, maybe that’s how it will always be. When I remember that my kids will only be little once, it’s easier to relax and enjoy my kids, instead of feeling like I need to be productive all the time.
The children have become really whiny about doing their chores and cleaning up their own messes. Upon reflection, I realize that I have not been spending one-on-one time with any of them (but my oldest). I am not sure how to fit that, or where to fit that, in a schedule that includes a baby. Right now I am trying to be mindful of opportunities to do something with my middle three children but it would be easier if it was scheduled, just don’t see how to do that.
Also struggling with finding time to be with my husband. By the time we have time together, I’m pretty much brain dead. That means we’ve been watching T.V. As long as I hold his hand during it, he feels like we are bonding, but it’s not enough for me.
As I have recovered from pregnancy and labor, the biggest struggle has been balance. Either I am doing too much (as in, I’ve almost stopped bleeding from labor/pregnancy and now I’m bleeding again because I pushed too hard) or I am not doing anything, or at least not anything productive (think movie marathon).
This problem infects all areas of my life. I go on: cleaning binges, eating binges, reading binges. Very little in my life is done in reasonable amounts. I start to feel better and go on a two mile hike, with 5 kids, by myself. Yeah, that didn’t work out too well.
What is keeping me from balance when I crave it? I apparently also crave change. I’m not sure how to reconcile these two cravings. I guess I need to be more disciplined. Make myself work when I don’t want to and make myself stop before I’m exhausted.
Successes in April
Homeschooling has been very easy. Partly because I’m letting them pick what they learn and partly because I have started school at the sameish time everyday for the month of April. It’s getting easier and easier to tell the kids to gather for their story and tell me what they are going to work on that day. I have been listening to a lot of Your Morning Basket podcast and finding it really helpful and encouraging. Especially this one.
Chores and one-on-one time has been very easy with my eldest child, Grace. She let me know that she was consistently having a hard time falling asleep. So, she now stays up with me and does kitchen chores for 15-30 minutes and then does 15 minutes of something special with just me. This has been really nice. Not only do I get help cleaning up the kitchen, but there’s no distractions from little ones during our one-on-one time.
I love taking care of my little baby. After a challenging first month, we have settled into a very comfortable schedule. She is much happier now and hardly ever fussy. I have been following the basic routine I created for Joy when she was a baby. It’s been working like a charm. So happy I got a chance to test my ideas 🙂
I have started bullet journaling and absolutely love it. I will write about that in depth in May.
I changed how we do chores. Now the kids are responsible for specific things (bathroom, toys, dishes…etc.) instead of whatever chores they feel like doing at the time. It’s much easier for me to know which kids have done their chores and which haven’t.
Goals For May
Continue working on my goals for Leadership Education
Be consistent with my schedule so that everyone knows what they are supposed to be doing without me having to tell them and so there is less complaining
Try and find times for the other children to have one-on-one time with me that work out as well as it does for Grace. Maybe during nap time?
Make a list of projects to do around the house to help make planning easier. Also, making lists is fun!
Read one religious book to deepen my understanding about my faith and bring me closer to God. I’m starting with this one (aff. link).
That’s it for April. What was your favorite part of April?
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