Once upon a time there was this Homeschooling Mom. She didn’t really love homeschooling, it wasn’t anywhere near the top of her list of Fun-Things-To-Do. But she never had peace with the thought of sending her kids off on the bus (although are many times she dreams 0f a quiet house for 8 hours a day) so she pushed on.
While her friends were posting cheerful, happy 1st day of school pics on facebook, this Mom sat with her home school catalogs and tried to decide which curriculum to order.
While her friends were shouting hallelujahs that their kids were back in school, this Mom looked at the upcoming school year with a resigned sigh. Inside she was kicking and screaming and throwing a royal tantrum, but she knew that wasn’t how she wanted her kids to act so it would be best if they not see Mom acting like that. So she kept it all inside and calmly ordered the curriculum.
While her friends were dressing their kids up in cute, new, back-to-school outfits, tying new shoes, creating pretty hairdos, packing fun lunches, handing out brand-new back packs full of all the latest and greatest school accessories, this Mom calmly and totally without fanfare, announced one weekend that ‘School starts Monday.’
She got her kids up on Monday, insisted they eat breakfast, and started school. Doggedly determined to see it through for one more year.
Homeschooling Mom had a plan – sort of. She spent all of about 5 minutes thinking up a plan sometime on Sunday before school commenced on Monday. Flash cards, time tests, math, a bit of English, and a lot of lets-just-see-what-happens.
The plan was immediately derailed by the arrival of the UPS man, delivering a box of school books for the 4th grader. And while Homeschooling Mom loves the misty daydreams of a neat, cheerful, cute, organized school room; students who wake cheerfully and get to their school work on time; and a household that runs like clockwork, she has long determined that to keep her sanity, and not endanger the well-fare of her children she MUST be adaptable to a change in plans and the word ‘Schedule’ must be used very loosely.
So the first hour of this school year was spent looking at new books. (really, if Homeschooling Mom had been a bit more on schedule the books would have arrived a few weeks earlier anyway)
Homeschooling Mom spent most of the day trying to figure out the daily schedule in the teacher handbooks and not feel totally overwhelmed. She tried very hard to focus on today only and not remember the fact that school must happen every day, 5 days a week till next May or June.
Homeschool Mom muddled her way through the day, and school work got done. Not everything, but she is hopeful that in a the next couple of days a rhythm can be found – off-beat as it will most likely be.
Homeschooling Mom cleaned out and organized the lockers somewhat, had to get dining room table cleared of all those books so she could work on a business project. Because Homeschooling Mom is also an entrepreneur – trying to run a successful business. She baked some cookies to keep the man of the house happy. She ran the girls to Horse Camp in the evening. She went with hubby to pick up a cupboard she bought last week. She sat down to update her blog. She barely kept her eyes open long enough to get the post written.
How DOES she do it all? Well her house looks like this. Chaos.
Her laundry is NEVER done. Ever.
The kids clutter lays in places besides where it belongs. And Homeschooling Mom just sighs and leaves it there. Or stacks it all on one chair so the other furniture can be used for what it was intended.
Piles are everywhere. But school happened. Homeschooling Mom was exhausted by the end of the day and more than ready for bed. Tomorrow would be another day. Her constant prayer all day was ‘Lord, just help me focus on today and make it the best I can.’
One day at a time. For the next 278 days till June.