I’m feeling a bit like this cat.
This year is my third year of homeschooling but it might as well be my first for all of the disorganized running-around-with-head-cut-off that I’m doing.
I’m feeling completely overwhelmed. And there’s really no big reason to be – it has just suddenly hit me:
- I have a kid in grade three and one in grade two. They have a lot to learn this year and I somehow have to teach it to them.
- I have to organize all those educational materials.
- I have a house that needs to be cleaned and STAY clean. I’m not talking immaculate, but where you can at least have a pathway to the kitchen, living room, and bedrooms. You know. Livable.
- I have to get my kids to
startre-start doing their chores.
- I’m taking on a part time job. I did get the bookstore job, by the way. Yay!! It pays less than the department store, which makes me chuckle because I chose the job that pays less.
- We’re involved with the Junior Forest Wardens. A great program for the family in which we participate every other weekend.
- I have to be a wife.
- I have to be me.
When I list it like that it does sound like a lot. Okay, maybe it doesn’t.
I know a mom who has EIGHT kids and is managing everything. And I know a mom who has four children, FULL-time homeschools, makes and bakes everything from scratch, has a part time job, bike rides for exercise, and lops the heads off chickens…all before lunch. Maybe that last bit was one too far. 🙂 And yes, I’m talking about you, Dawn!
So, I recognize that I don’t have any more on my plate than the next mom, but I’m feeling like I can’t get a handle on this.
Thank-you for tuning in. Please, excuse me while I go and have a melt down… 😆
Update: Instead of having the melt down, I decided to pick up the phone and call a friend. Dawn. While the melt down was certainly tempting, regaining sanity and perspective was more important and, frankly, more productive. Dawn has a plethora of experience when it comes to homeschooling and even though we don’t share exactly the same views on the topic, I sincerely respect her methods. Now that I’m calmER, I realize that I was trying to put too much into our home instruction days forgetting that they have several years of school left and, in fact, their whole lives to learn these things.
The monster called Perfectionism does haunt me occasionally. It rears its ugly head and when it roars I tremble, but, fortunately, I also recognize it and know that a conversation with a level headed friend often sets me right.
Thanks again, Dawn. And I must mention that she corrected me – on the phone and in the comments section. She does NOT lop heads off of chickens. She merely cleans their guts out.