The Calm Before the Homeschooling Storm


I’m not going to lie.  Tomorrow is going to be rough.  I’m psyching myself out today.  Praying it won’t happen.  But, I think it might…good attitude and all.

You see, we just got back from a 6 day visit with family back home.  No school.  Tons of candy.  Family.  Always something to do, somewhere to go, and someone to play with.  No chores or schedule.  Just plain fun.  Fun for EVERYONE (even me!).  Which, makes this transition all the more difficult.

Adding insult to injury, my husband is flying out of state for a meeting bright and early in the morning.  He hasn’t traveled for more than a night since baby #4 was born and this will be a 4 day trip.  He usually works from home, so this isn’t going to make the ‘getting back to reality’ any easier.

I’m going to go ahead and be real immature right now and say I’M DREADING dealing with tomorrow.  The ‘I don’t want to’s’, ‘I miss Grandpa’s house’, ‘when can I have a break’s?’.  Add in evening schedules and bedtimes to maintain on my own, and and I just want to kick the dust and spit.  Ya know?

Homeschooling after a break is HARD.   Not summer break.  Summer break isn’t too bad because there’s that ‘freshness’ of a new year.  New curriculum and subject matter.  But a 6 day break?  It’s rough.  I don’t even take a ‘real’ summer break since my kids are so little.  They don’t know the difference.

Here’s my plan for tomorrow, and all ‘after break’ transitions:

  • Don’t be so anal.  That’s right.  Anal.  OCD.  Picky.  I can be BAD.  With my new found journey into Grace-Based Parenting, this will be especially hard.  Try my best to be relaxed, go with the flow, not expect perfection when it comes to academics, behavior, or house cleaning.
  • Have some fun.  Put science first.  Take a nature walk.  Do our reading at the park.  Something SPECIAL.  Not sure what our weather will be like tomorrow, but I’m going to do something like that.
  • Stick to our old schedule.  The suit cases are everywhere.  There are hardly any groceries (actually my husband is at the store now stocking up for me before he leaves).  Laundry is calling my name.  All that will need to wait so that I can focus on the boys and get school done in a timely manner.
  • Firm, yet kind.  No matter how hard we try to be sweet all the time, sometimes (like tomorrow, I presume), we may need to be FIRM.  Let them know, spelling and math have to get done.  That’s all there is to it.

So ironic, I just finished typing this and my oldest just came in and asked to get a jump start on tomorrow.  LOL!  Isn’t that always how it works?  Pray for me!  I’m going in!!!!  I’ll be praying these verses tonight and during my morning coffee:

Psalms 25:5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.

Psalms 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

1 John 5:14-15 And this is our confidence, that if we pray according to His will, He will hear us, and give us what we ask for, because our desires are in agreement with His thoughts for us.

Psalm 145:18-19 Yahweh is close to all who call on Him—to all who call on Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him: He will hear their cry and save them.


  1. Your blog is great! I really relate to you and your world! Especially the venturing into Grace-Based Parenting. I have that book also!

  2. Hi, I recently discovered your blog, and I love it!! I just started homeschooling this year, and I have 4 children as well. We are currently deciding wether or not to have a 5th! It’s proving to be a hard emotional decision!
    I love your openness, all the real life home stuff, parenting and schooling! I’ve been back reading! 🙂

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