Homeschooling without a break is like trying to swim across the Atlantic without a boat. Kids wake you up in the morning demanding breakfast. You kiss boo-boos, chase tots, and teach addition all morning. Then it’s lunch and read alouds before running around town. Finally, finally you get the kids down so you can catch up on the bills.
How to Make Time for You While Homeschooling
You must make time for you while homeschooling, but how?
The easy answer is to leave the kids with your husband, a sister, or a friend. But sometimes it’s just not possible.
But taking a break doesn’t mean that you must leave the house. It merely means you schedule time during the day to crawl into your boat and rest. Time to curl up on the sofa and read a good book. Time to pray without interruption. Time to knit.
But when can you schedule that time?
Make Time for You with Morning Time
The first solution is to wake up before the kids. If your kids are night owls, this could be the perfect solution. Go to bed at the same time as the kids, but wake up a few hours before them.
I’m not going to tell you it’s easy. As a morning lark, I still find it difficult to get up after a night with restless kids. I want more sleep! However the morning hours are quiet.
The phone doesn’t ring. No one is going to text you. You’re free to enjoy time completing that shawl you’re knitting.
So get up early and use this time for exercising, a quiet cup of coffee, and uninterrupted reading.
Make Time for You with Quiet Time
Schedule quiet time immediately after lunch. Kids can take a nap, play quietly in their rooms, or read a good book.
But they can not disturb you for anything less than a catastrophe.
This gives you an hour or two of peace during the day. You can write a letter, respond to email, or pay the bills.
Better yet you can snag time time for you! Curl up with a good book. Bake a pie. Watch your favorite show. Make time for you and your favorite activities.
Quiet time is your boat over the Atlantic. It’s a time for you to rest, recharge, and ready yourself for the next leg of swimming. Use it wisely.
Make Time for You with Screen Time
The time children spend playing computer games, watching movies, or exploring the internet is generally referred to as screen time. Used wisely it allows parents to unwind, finish a project, or get dinner on the table.
Let me tell you nothing is worse than trying to get dinner on the table while the kids are screaming from hunger or fighting at the table. Screen time will save your sanity!
Tell the kids they can watch a show if and only if they pick up the house.
That’s when the mad dash begins. Kids run around picking up the toys and completing their evening chores. Then they get to watch a show while you put dinner on the table.
You can also use screen time when you need a few minutes to yourself. Turn on a movie. Pop popcorn. Hide in the kitchen.
Make time for yourself and you’ll be a happier mom.
Make Time for You with Evening Time
Morning time doesn’t work well if you have early risers. My own kids are up and about by 6 am every morning. If your kids keep similar hours, try putting your kids to bed early.
You’ll end up with a couple hours in the evening to unwind, enjoy a show, or take a long bath.
Encourage your kids to stay on their beds with audio books or special toys, while you read a book, enjoy a cup of coffee, or soak in the tub.
Do not use this time to pay bills or work.
Use this time for you. You can’t just keep swimming and swimming forever. Eventually you must rest.
You need to make time for you.
Make Time for You with Outing Time
Make time for yourself by leaving the house. Head to the park with a good book. The kids will enjoy sliding, swinging, and running while you get lost in another world.
Check out local businesses which cater to children. Often there’s an area for you to relax while the children play. Bring your knitting along so you can finally finish that shawl.
Try local gyms. Some gyms have a supervised children’s play area for the kids while you exercise. Your kids will have a blast while you take care of yourself.
You’ll find homeschooling and swimming across the Atlantic possible when you take regular breaks. The goal is to thrive, not drown!
How do you make time for you while homeschooling?