I don’t know about you, but I have difficult homeschool days fairly regularly. The day starts out great. I enjoy chatting with my husband over a cup of coffee. Then a son comes running in to tell us… the toilet’s plugged and a toddler painted his sister’s room with fingernail polish.
That fixed, hubby takes off. I sit down for math with the children. Darling daughter spills my coffee all over her worksheets. And it’s the last of the coffee. Life quickly goes downhill from there.
Help: I need some Pick-Me-Ups!
Here are 15 pick-me-ups I love to indulge in with on these horrid, awful days when everything goes wrong.
1. Make a spontaneous field trip to the grocery store to purchase more coffee. While there, splurge on a mocha. After a day like today, you deserve it!
3. Post an inspirational list on the fridge. This can be a list of goals you have for the year, what you’re thankful for, or reasons you love homeschooling. Post it and read it for a quick pick-me-up.
4. Go for a walk. Sometimes we just need to get out of the house and breathe some fresh air. So gather the kids and go exploring!
5. Read a relaxing book. There’s nothing like curling up in a big comfy chair with a good book and a steaming cup of peppermint tea. Have you tried it recently?
7. Bake cookies with the kids. My youngest children are becoming wonderful mixers. They stir and stir and stir. Then we roll, bake, and eat cookies together. Baking cookies is wonderful after a walk and before you curl up to read a relaxing book!
8. Pull out the play dough. If all else fails, pull out the play dough and let the children play. Go curl up in a chair and enjoy a few relaxing minutes while the kids are happily occupied.
9. Take a long bath. I don’t know about you, but long baths are great stress reducers. I can go lounge in the tub with a good book and a steaming hot cup of tea. Bliss.
10. Take out for dinner. After a bad homeschool day, the last thing I want to do is to make dinner. So guess what… I often run out and pick up pizza for the family. The kids NEVER complain about pizza for dinner, so no dinner fights to deal with! Instead I get a nice relaxing evening with my family.
11. Call a friend or a sister. Sometimes we need a sympathetic ear to listen. Sisters and friends are the best ears around!
12. Dance with your children. Turn on music and jump around the living room with your young children. My high school teens think I’m nuts, but my preschoolers love it. We dance and stomp to our hearts’ content getting frustration out of the system. It’s great exercise too!
13. Go for a run or a jog. Running and jogging clear the head. They pound frustrations out on the pavement. The endorphins make you feel awesome. Running and jogging are wonderful pick-me-ups on bad homeschooling days.
14. Put the kids to bed early and enjoy a glass of wine with your husband. Impromptu date nights can be some of the best times together in a marriage. Talk about dreams, frustrations, and simply enjoy each other’s company.
15. Go to bed early. When all else fails, very few problems in this world don’t improve with a good night’s sleep. The problems may still be there, but you’ll be refreshed and ready for the day!
Indulge in today’s pick-me-ups and tomorrow will be a better day. Tweet this!
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