Just a little hope
I hope you are enjoying my posts as much as I enjoy writing them. This time I wanted to give out a little hope for those who are feeling overwhelmed.
I have been homeschooling for 8 years and will be starting my 9th year this fall. I have 5 children and also help my husband out in the mornings in his office. At first I was feeling very overwhelmed. I was so used to being home with my children and schooling them while doing my household chores. I thought to myself, "How will I ever be competent in all of these tasks?" I was worried that I would not be able to teach my kids what they needed to learn as well as keeping my house spotless and still be able to help my husband in the office.
Well, I am living proof that it is possible to do all and still be somewhat sane:) We are very lucky because our office is attached to our home, so I am able to help out in the office and still be close to my children. The most important thing is to be organized. I know what you're thinking, ORGANIZED, What's that??? Well, it's not as hard as it seems. I have learned to prioritze and to delegate. Yes, delegate!!
My children have all been assigned daily chores that must be done, before starting their school assignments and still keep up with those chores throughout the day. For example, my oldest daughter sweeps/mops the floors and empties out the trash. And that's alot of trash for a family of 7:) My son, cleans the bathroom, my other daughter washes the dishes and empties out the dishwasher. My youngest daughter helps keep the classroom tidy and helps sort the laundry and my youngest son, helps pick up toys and other items left around the house. These chores are rotated monthly and all of them help me cook dinner. It has not been easy implementing these tasks, but we are finally on a system that works:) With the children helping out, it has made it possible for me to concentrate on their school assignments, work in the office, keep my house clean and still have quality time to spend with my family.
At first, I thought it would be impossible!! And I even contemplated putting them in school, but with my husbands help in scheduling and delegating chores to the children, it has worked wonderfully. Now, I'm not saying it is all lovely and peachy, but it is no longer crazy either:)
Sooooo, in conclusion, prioritizing and delegating will make your life easier. I am no longer the drill sargeant and my family is very happy:)
Hope this helps:) Until next time....