Simplifying our life is probably the single most important way we can improve our family relationships. As you already know, busy homeschool mamas, family relationships are tantamount to the success of homeschooling. As stated before yelling is one of the less effective teaching tools. It’s right up there with coercion, manipulation and punishment in terms of effectiveness to actually LEARN.
I’d like to spend the next couple of weeks ranting about small ways to simplify. Each post will focus on one tiny aspect of running a smooth homeschool household, unfolding chronologically through the day.
Getting up is a great idea to help your day run smoothly. Lying all day in bed with the children running amok does little for getting the children educated, getting the laundry done or our self esteem.
When my people were little, I would stay in bed as long as I could (which was never very long)…soaking up those extra minutes of rest before a long and busy day. Oh, aren’t the days long, but the months and years are short…
Because my need for sleep was overwhelming and desperate in those years, I wanted to make the most of it, and stay snuggled with whatever littles were in bed with me as long as they or I could sleep.
It helped the day run a lot smoother if I had my clothes ready before I went to bed. Somehow staying in my pyjamas for half the day was really discouraging. I felt a lot more ready to face the day if I was dressed and had a little makeup on. Even if it meant nursing babies in between.
Getting ready for my day the night before usually made for a reasonable productive morning. “Productive” meaning not yelling or snarking at anybody. Productivity is usually fairly low in those first years of baby having.
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