How do you face a tough day? Here’s what our staff of homeschool moms had to say:
After a tough day, I release myself from all unnecessary housework. Then l simplify supper, even if it means we eat peanut butter and jelly.
Some days, we get all our evening chores and baths done early so that we can watch a movie or have story time to end the day on a positive note.
On the worst days, I turn everything over to Dad and go hide in my bedroom.
Tea! Lots of tea!
Actually, taking a hot cocoa or popsicle break works. If the kids are just antsy, send them outside for a bit. If they just need to chill out, then listen to a chapter of an audio book or an episode of a radio drama together.
If I’m the one who needs the break, I give all of them something to do and just step back for a minute. Pray, read a Scripture, or just breathe. It’s much better to take a step back than to push your kids or yourself to the point of lost tempers and hurt feelings.
When we have a tough day, I attempt to put on my best Scarlett O’Hara and remember that “tomorrow is another day!”
In the meantime, I try to switch gears. If it is a subject that is causing us trouble, I will try a different approach or even put it away for the day.
If it is attitudes, I sometimes send everyone, including myself, to separate rooms to spend a little quiet time. Other times I crank up the praise and worship music.
And after a really tough day I sometimes call one of my two good homeschooling friends who are often able to help me put things into perspective.
Tough days tend to sneak up on us, complete with tears and dissolving productivity. I used to cancel school on those days, but then it dawned on me that I was teaching my kids to run away from the tough days.
So, now we actively work together to find ways to make tough days easier. We go through the to-do lists and whittle them down to the essentials. We find little opportunities for extra snuggles or playtime. Sometimes we even toss in a batch of homemade cookies.
But, most of all, we verbally encourage one another and find ways to make each other smile.