Monday, February 4, 2019

Simple Routines

One of the most common questions I get asked as a homeschooling mom is:

"How do you do it all?"

My response is

"I don't do it all.  I have routines in place and I do the best I can with what I have available to me (time, energy, and resources) for that day. My goal is to make things good enough, not perfect."

It has taken me years to let go of the perfectionist side of me but it was honestly too much to bear. I am not saying that I don't do a good job.  I put my heart into what is before me and I want to make it the best I can but I no longer keep aiming for things to be perfect because that is impossible and leads to unnecessary stress. 

In our home we don't follow the clock as much as we follow the routine. I have found in our family that when I have tried to stick to a schedule, I have been disappointed and frustrated.   With six children it is impossible for me to say "At 9 am we will do such and such" because reality is that at 9 am my three year old might be streaking through the house naked while my 5 year old is attempting to clean up the third glass of water he has spilled this morning. My eight year old is trying to brush the mangled up knot out of her hair and needs my assistance, my ten year old has attempted a stunt on his bike (while he was doing chores outside) and needs me to dress his wound, and my teenage son forgot about an important physics meeting he had that he must rush off to. This is reality and my reality does not allow me to be hyper scheduled.  Hence, the routine.

Routines help us have a rhythm to follow in our home.  They keep us focused on the goals for that day and assist in keeping chaos at a minimum. Children especially need to have an order to things, a flow that is relatively reliable. It is easier for them if they know what to expect. To read more about our daily routine, click here  to head on over to  My Pink Gems where I talk about what we do to help our home run smoothly. 

Grateful for the gift of you,

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