A day in the life of a homeschooling parent is unique in many, many ways. A parent who has never homeschooled can’t even imagine it: being with your children all the time. Feeding them three meals a day, every day, without any of those meals being packed in a box. And the lessons…the challenge of keeping those young minds on task while still trying to accomplish everything that you need to get done in a day…it’s a challenge. Some days, it’s a lot of fun. Some days, it’s frustrating. And some days, you just have to throw your head back and laugh until you cry.
Broken things happen whenever you have children in a house with, well, breakable things. Sometimes, all you can do is laugh about it (and assess appropriate consequences—real accidents have minor consequences, but deliberately broken things have much higher penalties). After all, it won’t fix it!
Temper tantrums (that stop as soon as you pull out the camera).
Is your toddler throwing a fit about not being able to watch his favorite movie for the five billionth time in a week? Is your older child refusing to do a particular lesson (not on the grounds that he doesn’t understand it, but because he just doesn’t want to)? How about a tantrum over doing chores? Ever see one of those? Sometimes, all you can do is shake your head and laugh. Oh, the things they can find to be upset about!
When was the last time you made an opportunity to laugh with your kids? Read a silly book; sing a silly song; do something silly together. Take time out of your day to laugh and everyone’s day will be a little bit brighter.
Is your child a little geek? Constantly engaged in one activity or another? How many opportunities in a day do they give you to laugh that you overlook because you’re too busy being exasperated? Much of that exasperation can be alleviated simply by looking for the opportunities to laugh. Sure, there are still frustrating times; but there are also plenty of chances to laugh at and with your kids.
Little moments that are all your own.
What moments are special to your family? When do you look around you and see just how precious your little (or not so little) family really is? Take a moment to love on your kids, to enjoy them, and to love what makes them unique. After all, they’re not going anywhere any time soon!