Catching a few minutes of down-time for the homeschool mom often takes a back seat to all other life’s responsibilities, and can be difficult to find. Check out my tips below on catching a few minutes of down-time while homeschooling.
1| MORNING HOURS ARE THE MACK-DADDY FOR ME
I don’t like getting up early, but I do it anyway. Catching a few minutes of down-time is important!
Those few hours with a steaming hot cup of coffee, and silence, are needed for me to gain clarity in my day. Here’s where I start each day:
- Pour a big steaming cup o’ coffee.
- Browse my agenda for the day and see what I need to accomplish or review for homeschool.
- Correct any work from yesterday.
- Browse social media, catch up on business emails and posts.
- Wake the kids and get moving!
2| STAY UP AFTER THE CHILDREN
This one is harder for me, but for night owls, the hours after bedtime may be just the thing you need. A cup of tea, a good book, or your favorite hobby, will refresh your soul. I’m an early to bed kinda girl and my guilty pleasure is all the home improvement & design shows. It’s still down time. I’m still awake. Just don’t ask me to think. That’s the point.
3| TIME OUTS
Even moms and dads need a break. Rather than time-outs as punishment, try them as rewards. Putting yourself in time out to regroup on a particularly bad day will help you regain your composure and patience. Allow kids time-out to rest, nap, curl up in a corner with a good book, color, or do puzzles. Find quiet activities to do to help decompress the energy in the house. If you are at a loss, look over this post for some great ideas.
4| GET OUT OF THE HOUSE
Sometimes, too much alone time is not a good thing. Homeschooling parents need to connect with other parents. If you can, ditch the kids and meet some friends for coffee. Go to the park or playground and let the kids run their pent-up energy while you remember what it is like to talk to other adults. Take a hike or walk through the neighborhood, or go on a nature walk. Don’t forget spousing. Make time for date-nights so your marriage/relationship is nurtured too.
5| PLUG THEM IN
Now before anyone starts screaming that kids should have less time plugged into electronics, let me just say, it’s going to be okay. I give you permission to breathe and not parent for five seconds out of the day. Do what is best for your family, but if you are at your wit’s end, don’t let mommy guilt have a place at the table. We all do the best we can. If you can’t possibly do another failed science experiment, can’t stand to step on another stray Lego, or if your kitchen table looks like an episode of Hoarders; plug in the electronics for a half hour or forty-five minutes and go for it. Heck, if you can’t escape the guilt of letting them use electronics, then make it something educational and count it for homeschooling.
Catching a few minutes of down-time may be enough to keep you going another day. You can’t pour from an empty cup, so it’s important that homeschooling parents take time to regroup.
You need me time to function well as homeschool mom. So remember, ignore the chaos and enjoy your personal down time.
If you still can’t manage to catch a few minutes of down-time, reread my blog on tips for making your homeschool a raving success.
What is your favorite way to get some down-time?