Homeschooling is tough. It’s a deeper commitment than anything else you’re ever going to do with your kids, and there will be times that the obstacles that you face along the way will seem insurmountable. Sometimes, you’ll wish that you had never started down that particular road; and sometimes, you will want to run for the hills while pulling your hair out by the roots.
That means that you have to do something to keep your sanity along the way, or you’re not going to be able to keep doing it.
Take you time. Don’t devote every moment of every day to your kids and their tasks. Make sure that you do at least one thing every day that’s just for you, even if it’s just drinking that first cup of coffee before you get them up for the morning and start in on their schoolwork.
Take advantage of the fact that they’re home. Assign chores, and expect them to complete them. Take “fun breaks” in the middle of the day when you all need them. Don’t stick to such a rigid “school” schedule that there’s not room for anything else.
Take lots of pictures. Those wonderful moments when everything is going perfectly? Document them for future viewing. Those perfect, beautiful moments when everything is falling to pieces, but you’re there to see it, and that makes it awesome? Take pictures of that, too. On the bad days, go back and look at them. And while you’re taking pictures….
Document the good moments. Obviously, you’re homeschooling for a reason. Maybe it’s because of a child who is struggling to perform in school, or maybe it’s a behavior issue. Whatever the case, take the time to sit back every once in a while and count your blessings. What confirmation have you had today that there’s a reason you’re doing this? This week? This month? Write them down—because they can get lost in the everyday shuffle. Taking a moment to reflect on your blessings can increase the odds that you’ll be able to keep homeschooling in the future.