Public school has been calling my name. I was 70% sure I'd put the kids back in school next year. It's not what I really want, but like I said, this year is really taking its toll on me. I'm sure I'm not alone. It really helps to have the support from other homeschool moms!! Here's how a friend (you know who you are!) answered my request for advise:
"Your kids should be doing more house work. Structure time, not content. Throw out your curriculum. When you need a break, send the kids to their room and have a glass of wine. Schedule regular project time daily where they get to do what they want. Require that they pick it up when they're done. Make Millie do her own laundry. Have her cook dinner once a week. This will make her feel worth while and release you. Drink wine while she cooks. Make sure you spend an hour a day doing something for YOU. This will make you happy and set a good example for them. Send them to their room when you are stressed, even if they're not in trouble. For at least an hour. The results are sweet. Kids need more alone time to process life than we give them."
Those text messages seriously saved me from a nervous breakdown. And, I'm glad other moms appreciate wine as much as I do! :)
Anywhoo, things are better around here. I still haven't implemented everything she advised me to do, but I'm getting there. As time goes on, our schedule is clearing up, and I'm able to make some changes. It feels great!
Here's what we've been up to the past few weeks:
|Lots of science projects|
|Visited the Russian Museum of Art. Fascinating! Who is that kid with us? That's Maddie! We babysat her for 10 days.|
|Lots of outdoor play|
|Science museum visit|
|Celebrated Halloween with friends|
|Went to the MN zoo|
|Elise continues to love her Doodle Bugs class!|
|They took a water power class at the Mill City Museum|
|Millie got her first job cat sitting.|