If you’ve been homeschooling for a while, you likely know that field trips are a necessary part of your curriculum. Sitting at home all day every day and never getting out of the house leads to stir crazy kids and a stir crazy mama, no matter how much of a homebody you are. Sure, you can’t go running out all the time, especially if your kids are virtual schooled and need to be in their class sessions at certain times every day; but sometimes, you just have to get out for a little while.
If your kids are older, that can be as simple as piling everyone into the van and heading out for a morning of fun. If they’re younger, however—toddler-age and potty training or recently potty trained; infant-aged and still nursing/napping regularly—a “simple” outing can seem like an insurmountable obstacle. You have to go with enough supplies (diapers, wipes, spare outfits, snacks) to make it as long as you’re going to be gone; you make sure you’re planning around nap times; you have to hope and pray that no one has a meltdown.
It’s a challenge. Sometimes, it’s a challenge that feels like more than you can manage—so you avoid going out unless you absolutely have to, dodging kids’ requests for outings, coming up with reasons why it’s better for everyone to just stay at home. You schedule the kids’ school right up until naptime. You wait until someone else is available to babysit to do something as simple as grocery shopping; and if you happen to be out of something, well, you either send your spouse or do without it until you can go on your own.
It doesn’t get any easier until you do it, however—so sometimes, you have to bite the bullet and go, even if it seems intimidating. The sooner you get out with your baby, the sooner you’ll realize that a single addition to your family doesn’t make trips any more difficult as long as you go prepared.