Are you a juggler?

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Homeschooling brings a lot of elements to your home. Many days you feel like you have been a juggler all day. That’s when you realize that you did not take the time to eat properly or took the time to drink enough water. You start to feel tired and burned out. You might even think to yourself that it would be easier to put them all in school.

 

When you have those days, look at how you took care of yourself that day. If you go without enough water on a regular basis, it will effect how you feel physically and mentally. Use a timer to remind yourself to drink your water, or put an an alarm on your phone to remind you. Keep your water bottle refilled and close to you all day.

 

If you are trying to live on protein bars and protein shakes for your food source, spend a few minutes planning your menu and having healthy foods available to eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Take time to sit down to eat your meals. Resist the urge to multi-task while you eat.

 

If you have a lot of children, teach them routines. If you give them a mission to do around the house, teach them that you will check their efforts. Don’t stand over them to make sure they do it. Walk away and give them the chance to do their mission. When you check back in 10 or 15 minutes, don’t look for perfection. Look at their effort. Did they try? If they dawdled, find a way to motivate them with a reward to focus on doing their missions quickly.

 

When you are doing school with multiple children, help them develop skills for independent work. Balance the subjects they do not like with their favorite subjects. This will give them motivation to focus and finish the tasks they do not enjoy because they get to do something they enjoy next.

 

If they make mistakes in their school work or in the home missions, work with them in a positive way to correct the mistake. Children and adults are going to make mistakes. You can teach them how to respond to mistakes without falling apart. Mistakes are learning opportunities.

 

Schedule breaks into your daily life. This can be a 5 minute time of quiet and reflection for you. If you have to go to your room and shut the door for 5 minutes, it will help you deal with the things that compete for your attention.

 

Have your daily devotion time before your children are up in the mornings. This will help you to be ready for the moment when their little feet hit the floor. You need to fill yourself first, so you can pour into the lives of your family. You can’t get water out of en empty water pitcher.

 

When you are having a hard day, remember that you are not alone. You can do this.

 

Your Zone Mission today is to declutter and deal with the Hot Spots in your Living Room. Do a reverse scavenger hunt in your Living Room and put away things that do not belong in there.

 

Your Home Blessing for today is to wash sheets.

 

My menu plan for Monday is hamburgers and salad.

 

Have a great day!

 

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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