Recently, a homeschool mom received her planner and, upon browsing through it, wrote me with her thoughts. She indicated disappointment that a “Christian” homeschool planner had areas of “Self Care.” She reflected on an entitled generation all about themselves and emphasized the need for women to give more, do more and think of others more.
Now, I’m sure this gal had good intentions, but let me explain why I included self care in my planners this year. My children are now mostly grown, and reflecting back over my homeschool days, hindsight being 20/20, I realize I struggled with burnout. And wait for it…. sometimes this led to bouts of depression. I powered through because I was taught that being a good Christian mother and wife meant always putting my own wants, and even needs, on the back burner.
I was up at the crack of dawn, and until late into the evening all of my energy was spent giving, doing, and thinking of others. I don’t regret doing for my children and family, but when I have heart-to-hearts with my grown daughters, I emphasize their need to take time for themselves in order to care for others. Jesus left us examples in the Gospel of taking time away to rejuvenate!
My planners this year for homeschool moms, prayerful moms, and busy moms all have an area of self-care that I hope moms will use frequently. Do we have an entitled generation? Yes, but homeschool moms are the ones who give until they can’t give anymore, and that’s not Well Planned!