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Using Spring Break Productively

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Let’s face it: like teachers, a homeschooling mom’s job doesn’t have set hours. You don’t simply work when your kids are doing schoolwork. You’re always planning, thinking ahead, deciding what lesson you will attempt next—and sometimes, it’s a real challenge to keep up with it all! If you have multiple kids of school age at the same time, you may be planning several different lessons at any given time. There are always assignments to check over, progress to check, kids to keep on task and in line…the list is never-ending.

And then spring break comes. You want more than anything to set your homeschooling responsibilities behind you and take a break right along with your kids, but the unfortunate reality is, you can’t always do that.

There’s grading to catch up on. Planning to catch up on. Materials to gather. And then there’s all the housework that has managed to slide under the radar while you’ve been focusing on your children’s education.

Sitting back and simply enjoying your kids for a few days? Probably barely on the list.

Maybe it should be. Maybe you should set these tasks aside for a few days. After all, you do enjoy your kids, whether you always remember it or not. Some days are harder than others, but you didn’t choose to keep them at home with you every day because you can’t stand them.

What if you could enjoy them and get things done?

Enlist their help. Set a finite number of chores that need to be done every day, and let the kids know that when they’re done, you’ll be able to spend some time with them. In the meantime, they can help by pitching in, or playing with younger siblings, or doing any number of other tasks that would normally fall on your shoulders.

Have a plan. Have an idea in mind of what you would like to accomplish over the days of spring break.

Schedule some fun stuff, too. Don’t just assume that the fun will take care of itself—plan in a little! This can be anything from a field trip out of the house to fun stuff in the house—whatever your kids most need or want it to be.

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