As a parent, you already have many duties to fulfill, from cleaning the home to cooking, buying groceries, childcare, and your job. If you’ve decided to homeschool your kids, you added another enormous task brimmed with pressure and new challenges. Your days are chock-full, making it physically and emotionally draining, plus challenging to keep sane.
Fortunately, you can do lots of things to get better days ahead and keep your thinking on track. Remember, your kids depend on you for their learning, and it’s only vital not to jilt your mind. To help you out, we’ve compiled some of the best tips on how to homeschool your children while keeping your sanity in the process.
Take your time and accept mistakes
Switching to homeschooling is an overnight process. You need to learn many things and discover yourself, such as your teaching style, your kid’s way of learning, and the routine that will work best for your kid. Don’t pressure yourself to grasp all things. Instead, take your time and work step by step to manage everything. Work hand in hand with your kids, as they may be experiencing more significant challenges than you have. Embrace all mistakes and accept that any mishap is part of the process. Soon, you will get the geist of homeschooling, and everything will fit into place.
Start your day right
Having a cranky mood upon waking up is a bad way to start your day. Chances are you’ll be carrying that mindset, affecting all the tasks you need to accomplish throughout the day. So, be sure to begin everything positively. Get up earlier for a quick jog to keep you fit. Otherwise, you can meditate or read a book to feed your mind. Doing those things will uplift your mood, giving you your much-needed spring to tackle everything ahead in your day.
Make a routine for your kids
Children do better if they have a basic routine to follow. So, consider creating a schedule, which involves waking up, washing faces, brushing teeth, getting dressed, tidying their rooms, school time, meal times, playtime, screen time, until getting to bed. Through that, children will know what they are expected to do, giving them a sense of direction, improving their focus, and giving them something to look forward to. When your kids and their tasks are in order, it will make your life easier a hundredfold.
Schedule your tasks
Once your kids’ have their schedule, it will also be quicker for you to organize your tasks. Do they wake at exactly 8:00 am and start school time at 10:00 am? You have two hours to spend on household chores, buying your cat a new toy, watering the garden, or attending to other important matters. Is your kids’ TV time set at 5:00 pm? That’s a great time to start preparing for dinner. By scheduling your own tasks, you ensure that all are done in time, reducing your confusion and your likelihood of drowning from your responsibilities later.
Lighten your task load
You’re not a superhero! That means you don’t need to put everything in your hands. Kids, nowadays, can be entrusted with household chores. Depending on their age, you can ask them to pick their toys, wipe the tables and surfaces, help feed the pets, or set up the table for meals. Not only do you free yourself and your mind, but more importantly, you teach your children self-esteem, responsibility and provide them a sense of accomplishment.
Explore the outdoors
If you’re still feeling too stressed, go ahead and explore the outdoors. You can walk to the nearest park and look at the trees. That’s enough to reduce stress-related hormones in your body, keeping you relaxed. Breathe in the fresh air and relish the warm rays of the sun. It can quickly brighten your mood, ease tension, and make you feel better emotionally. Of course, don’t forget to bring your kids to the beach, farms, or orchards. Going outside can be a fantastic way to spend time with them while seeing awe-inspiring sights without being bound by computer screens.
Keep your kids’ active
Since you’ve already exposed your children outdoors, develop a routine that will keep them active. Kids are naturally energetic, loud, fun-loving, and inquisitive. Ensure that your kids get opportunities to consume their vigor through different physical activities, such as running, walking, biking, or playing. By allowing them so, they get to come back to their schoolwork with a greater focus and finish them faster. It helps them be happy in all aspects, resulting in a calmer and happier home that will help you a lot too.
Don’t forget yourself
Lastly, keep in mind that you’re the captain of the ship. To get to the “destination” where your kids achieve optimum learning, you must do your best to keep yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Take time-off and enjoy with friends, go out on a movie date with your husband, or treat yourself to a relaxing massage and spa. All that can refresh your mind and help you go back to your homeschooling duties with a rejuvenated spirit.