We all have them, days that just don’t work out the way we’d like. We just wish we could hide away and not face the world. We can’t do that, we must smile and move along! This is harder when you have kids that stay with you all day and when you happen to be mom and teacher. There have been so many days when I call it done! Sat them down and tuned on something educational. Mom had enough and checked out!
I’m here to tell you it’s okay! It’s okay to have a day where nothing gets done! We moms need a break, a day where we stare blankly at nothing. We are allowed to break down and say no! Your kids will not be scarred by not sitting down to do work now and then. Teachers at public and private schools do this when they have other work (grading, planning) to do. Remember watching movies in school? Yup, your teaching was getting you and your classmates to leave them alone! We’re all human and we all need to slow down now and then.
I know as homeschooling moms we feel guilty for taking a self-care day. After all aren’t we both mother and teacher? Aren’t our kids going to fall behind? Nope! Grab some art supplies, slap on a tutorial on YouTube and go read or lay down! If our cup is empty we can’t care for anyone else. We will be stressed, mean and not wanting to do anything. That will have a bigger impact on your children than not having work one or two days where they “don’t do anything.” Give yourself some grace and don’t be afraid to take some you time! Having bad days while you homeschool is just a part of life. Feeling bad while having a bad day isn’t. Do what you need to do for the health and wellbeing of yourself now and then. This will help tremendously with your family’s health and wellbeing! Grab that extra cup of coffee and enjoy!