Thursday, September 2, 2010

How Will I Survive Homeschooling? Let me count the ways...



The beginning of this week was a little rough with with my children! 

Boy, was I erasing letters quite a bit from FANTASTIC!, our word for the week!

My 2 older kids were whining, crying, and complaining about school work and being tired (although they are always soooo wide awake when our school hours are over!)
My 2.5 year old daughter was screaming alot and throwing tantrums, throwing papers all over the floor, eating Playmobil toys, and taking colored pencils from my other children!  Not to mention she had pee pee accidents on our hardwood floors as she is literally potty training herself now.
Then I found out Monday evening that "someone" (aka my 2 year old), broke my small portable digital camera by playing with it.  
I know these events are not the worst things that can happen to a homeschool mom, but it still makes for a very frustrating day!

When times are rough, I ask how will I survive homeschooling???????????  Here are just a few ways I get through those difficult days.

Way #1: Prayer (and lots of it!)
Even after the chaotic Monday morning, we were able to say our routine Angelus prayer together around noon time as we were eating our lunch.  This always helps me to remember that without embracing Christ and Our Blessed Mother's grace and strength, I cannot be the best mom and teacher for my children.  Our midday prayer also helps me to survive our afternoon lessons.


Way #2:  Receiving encouraging words from my family (especially from my dear husband),  mommy friends in my homeschool group, and comments that my blog friends leave on my blog or email to me!

Way #3:  Finding support on blogs, websites, and the internet that affirm my joys and struggles with homeschooling my children.  I came across this video on Theresa's blog at "Our Life in Words"  and it reassures me that "I Will Survive Homeschooling" one prayer and day at a time!

You can do it!  Have a great year!  God bless!



23 comments:

melismama said...

Oh Tracy, I am right there with ya! Monday and Tuesday were AWESOME days...the kids were asking for more! Wednesday was the same day you had! So frustrating. I like control and order and sometimes God whispers to me..let it go Melissa...they are kids...don't try to control everything...they will learn...it will fine... I think I need to listen next time! Today is a new day! Rock on momma!

great video showed my husband (we are together in Germany for a few days). Hope next week is better for everyone. Sometimes my 8 year old acts like a 2 year old so I can relate:) Voted for you:)
Anna-Marie

Tracy said...

Hi Melissa!
I'm glad I'm not the only one going through all the ups and downs of homeschooling all the time!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting! I just left a comment on your blog :)

Tracy said...

Hi Anna-Marie!
I'm glad you and your husband enjoyed the video! It puts a grin on my face :) Thanks for your visit, comment, and vote!
Have a good day and time in Germany!

Lori said...

Love the video!! :) We had a rough start to our week too! Reading posts like this one does help. :)

Another help- be sure that your kids are well hydrated. I know that sounds simplistic, but I have found (after reading an article about it) that keeping a water cup out for each child and having them sip it during lessons really does help.

Lori said...

I should add- keeping well hydrated helps kids stay in a better mood- it may not help with some of the other stuff! ;)

Tracy said...

Hi Lori!
Thanks for your visit and comments! I'll have to try the water cup idea :) Thanks!
Have a good weekend!

Alyssa said...

I'm a new follower!

Hope you'll come visit me at http://shesmommafied.com!

Hi,

I think its great that you are pushing through the difficulties. I think the first week of school (homeschool/public school) can be a bit rough. Just in different ways.

Im your newest follower from Friday Blog Hop.

http://rwriterjourney.blogspot.com/

Tracy said...

Hi Alyssa!
Thanks for your visit, comment, and follow! I just posted a comment on your "chocolate" post and I'm your newest follower :)
Have a blessed weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi "Reluctant Writer"!
Thanks for you vist, comment, and following my blog. I just left a comment on your blog and am now following it :)
Have a great weekend!

Joining in from the Friday Blog Hop! It is good to remember that you are not alone with the survival issues and homeschooling! I'll be following along ;).

Carol said...

I'm a new follower, will you follow me?
http://songberries.blogspot.com/2010/09/wheres-love-friday.html

Tracy said...

Hi Amy at "child central station"!
Thanks for your visit and comment! I just hopped on your blog and left a comment on your "web" post! That is a great looking web the children made! I'm your newest follower!
Have a good weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi Carol! Thanks for you visit, comment, and follow! I am your newest follower and I "Like" your facebook blog page :)
Have a blessed weekend!

Hello I am a new follower. I would love a follower back at http://megankayden.blogspot.com/

Sarah said...

I'm a new follower from Boost My Blog Friday.
I hope you'll come check me out at PS Mom Reviews and follow me too!
I have fun giveaways going on now too!

tea said...

Prayer is such a help on difficult days, isn't it?! Thanks for visiting my blog today!! I'm glad I got to come and check yours out too. ..Giving you a picket fence click. ;)

Jacquelin said...

I hope your next week goes smoother. We are starting back up on Tuesday after a week off for vacation. I enjoyed seeing the video, it made me laugh...thanks for the reminder that I will survive!

Tracy said...

Hi Megan at "3 Giggly Monsters"!
Thanks for your visit, comment and follow. I'm now following you! Your giveaways look great!
Have a good weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi Sarah!
Thanks for your visit, comment and follow. I just put in entries for your digital keychain giveaway. Check your comments section :)
Have a good weekend!

Tracy said...

Hi Tea! Thanks for your visit and comment! thanks for the PF click too :)

Tracy said...

Hi Jacquelin! Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you liked the "survival" video :)
Have a good week back in your school routine!

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