In the Fall it is so very easy to be excited as a homeschool mom. We are ready for more structure or rhythm to our days after the low key days of summer. Isn’t it funny that we long for summer but then, when we have had our fill, we long for the opposite? We long to get back to our Morning Time, to time around candles at the table, reading, cozy inside as the weather cools down. It is a time of beginning again. We have ordered our new books and other tools for learning. We are ready to dive in and use them. We have blissfully forgotten the tears over math, the whining and the hard daily work of teaching habits.
In the spring, we have not forgotten. We are right in the middle of all of it. We are having to help our children focus on their handwriting when all they want to do is play and go outside. This is extra hard when honestly, that is all we want to do too! We all have spring fever.
Here is a note to your spring self. I am writing to myself here as well.
You have done such a good job this year. No, you probably have not done everything you set out to do. Your to do list or reading list was longer than what anyone could do in five years. So, give yourself grace. But, you have walked out what you felt called to as a mama. You have showed up every day. You have answered questions, given out hugs, fed your crew and you have been present with your children. There is nothing, absolutely nothing more important than the time you give and the gift of yourself.
You can change up your rhythm a bit. Really, you can.
You can go spread a blanket on the grass and read outside. Then, soon your children will be exploring sticks and whatever else they find. You can count that as school. If you need to for your sanity, you can have them count the sticks or add them, there, now you can really count that as math. There is no shame in that either.
There might be those days that you end up not having any official school at all. Gasp! It’s a crazy thought right? But, we know, as wild and free mamas that education is a lifestyle, and our children are really learning all the time, whether they know it or not or whether we call it school or not. Sometimes we need to take a day off to play with our children. As Mamas we need to remember the art of having fun instead of always trying to accomplish. Go explore a new place with your children, whether it be a new hike or a new part of your city. That adventure of seeing and experiencing new may be just what you need to keep going or to finish your year.
Maybe you just need a good belly laugh. Go tickle your children and have them tickle you. Have your children make up jokes and tell you. Their silly jokes or even the not so silly ones may cause you to relax, which is exactly what you needed. Don’t we all just need to relax?
Find something that you really enjoy, a new something or an old something. Decide to do that now or as a special summer something. This something can be something only for you. Sometimes we need that. A special thing to look forward to. An act of love to ourselves. As an example, I am thinking about finding a Zumba class, simply because I remember enjoying that years ago. Also, because I love to dance.
Spring Mama, you are doing fine. Allow yourself to look out the window at the beauty outside or at the beauty sitting around your very table. You are doing a great job dear one. Love, another spring mama.