Homeschooling is fun – really. But as Amy Milcic points out, there are days when you’ll feel stuck in the sand. You’ve got to be willing to climb out and let homeschooling be fun, which takes courage and a whole lot of grit.
Stuck, gritty, and a bit claustrophobic.
That’s how you feel when someone covers your entire body with sand for the first time at the shore. Well, at least that’s how I remember it 😉
Your friend enthusiastically encourages you to lay down on the sand. Curious and caught up in their zeal, you oblige with an uncertain smile. You have a touch of apprehension about this whole thing but don’t want to be a spoilsport.
So, you lay still, patiently waiting as scoops of sand are piled over, around, and on top of your entire torso and every limb. And, if you’re familiar with layers of beach sand, you know that your friend starts to shovel on wet, heavier sand. You start to get a bit freaked out but you think this is probably how it’s supposed to be.
Before you know it, you’re up to your eyeballs in sand. And you can’t move. Not even your pinky toe.
Close to hitting the panic button, you’re thinking that this isn’t so much fun, right?
When you’re rescued from your sandy imprisonment, you realize how glorious it is to regain your freedom of movement. You can get on with enjoying your day at the shore. And your beach day experience becomes even more special after that frightening struggle.
Trust me-this example does have to do with the fact that homeschooling is fun. Wait for it…
Homeschooling Is Fun-When You’re Not Stuck
No one ever said homeschooling is easy. And if they did, tell them to meet me at the shore where I’ll have a nice pile of wet sand waiting for them 😉
Homeschooling, in fact, is a huge responsibility. You’re trying to manage your family and home as you educate your kids. No small potatoes.
You may worry about things getting out of control. How can everything get done if you’re not running a tight ship? It’ll be total mayhem! So, you create rather rigid routines or schedules to keep it all together.
But, as wonderful as being shipshape is, there’s usually not much wiggle room for fun. Or fun isn’t a part of your carefully crafted plans because there’s way too much to do and never enough time to do it all!
Homeschooling Is Fun-Without The Grittiness
Or maybe you find that you compare yourself to others who you think are more fun? You hate mess and have no intentions of being Pinterest-perfect. And being a patient homeschool mom is already a struggle for you.
Other homeschoolers make fun look so easy and stressfree. You can’t even get through the mounds of laundry on the floor or piles of dirty dishes crowding your sink. There’s no way that you can add messy fun activities to your plate!
Homeschooling Is Fun-When You Don’t Feel Claustrophobic
And that feeling of claustrophobia? You know, the homeschool overwhelm that makes you feel like the walls are creeping in and your grasping for an escape route.
All those lesson plans and papers to grade. Reading logs. Prep and clean-up.
Homeschool textbooks, books, notebooks, papers, folders, boxes, and other miscellaneous supplies like that laminator you thought you had to have. Piled up and threatening to crash if you shift ever so slightly in your chair.
Internally, all the worries and concerns and doubts pile up, too. Those negative thought suckers pack an even greater vice-like grip!
Homeschooling is Fun-When YOU Let It Be!
Homeschooling can feel a lot like the first time you’ve been buried in the sand. It sounds interesting, even fun. At first, everything seems to be going smoothly and feels kind of cool.
Then, you start to feel constricted. Pressure builds. You feel uncomfortable yet unable to break free from this restrictive enclosure that you’ve built.
If you feel buried in your homeschool, there is a way to break free. The power resides within you. Because every homeschool mom has the power to be a fun mom.
What’s stopping you from adding fun to your homeschool? Is it you?
I’m not pointing fingers here. Just helping you shake that sand off. Because I know just how easy it is to get buried in all the to-dos and what ifs.
When you give yourself permission to shift your mindset, beautiful things happen. Your homeschool atmosphere relaxes. You’re able to build strong connections with your kids as you create special memories. Fun becomes part of your homeschool mom tool belt, like a power sandblaster. Boom!
Think you’re not a fun mom? Pshaw! Girl, fun is relative!
Fun is truly what you make it. Your fun may look a whole heck of a lot different than my fun. It’s all good.
And it’s okay to loosen the strings and let some fun slip in. With custom rules and expectations to match the needs of your family, you can make your homeschool fun unique and successful without your house looking like a bomb was dropped on it.
Homeschooling Is Fun-When You Have The Right Tools
Ready to get your homeschool fun rockin’ but not sure where to begin? I got you, girl! Try any or all of these homeschool fun activities to start enjoying the benefits of homeschool fun today:
- Conversation Starters: Have fun chats with your kids with these themes based on monthly, seasonal, and fun holidays.
- Brain Breaks: Help your kids enjoy focused learning fun activities!
- Homeschool Fun Toolbox: Guide and tips that show you how to put together a homeschool fun supplies box.
- Homeschool Fun Bucket Lists: Get ideas and inspiration for planning special homeschool fun with all ages.
These resources can help you shake that sand off and bask in the golden rays of homeschool fun. Or at least share some great giggles with your kids 🙂
What’s your “wet sand”?
And how does it keep you from being a fun mom?
Amy Milcic is a homeschool soccer mom to 5 boys, passionate about keeping the fun in your homeschool days. Find resources and encouragement galore on Amy’s blog, Rock Your Homeschool, and catch up with Amy on Facebook and Instagram.
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