Work it Wednesday: The suddenly homeschool teacher-parent

Let’s be honest, there’s a reason many of us don’t choose to homeschool our children. Teaching our own is hard! I mean, so hard! The tantrums, the whining, the “I can’t do this” and “it’s too hard” statements, all get to us. And let’s face it, these reactions can put a damper on the parent-child relationship.

But, when tough times ask us to put in our best, we rise to the occasion. And right now that means homeschooling for many of us.

I can say I’m thankful this is just a season, because working from home while managing education for one and also caring for a three and one-year-old is a bit of a challenge, to say the least. I am grateful my husband gets home from work at 3pm, but some days I catch myself watching the clock, just counting down the minutes. And really, I am truly grateful! Because many are not so lucky. And many are without jobs.

What does this all have to do with Work it Wednesday you ask? Well, let me tell you. Today it’s all about giving yourself grace, and with that, allowing yourself to restart today. Brush off the beginning of the week; it’s over now. And good riddance! Now is your time to shine as the homeschool teacher you never thought you’d be. Also, know that you can restart EVERY day if need be. That’s what the sunrise of a new day is for after all.

Know that this season is only here for a little while (though I am aware we don’t know how long that little while will actually be). Cherish the little moments and successes, and give yourself the grace to let go of the not-so-successful moments.

P.S. – This week is Teacher’s week. So…pat yourself on the back! You’ve got this! And give your kid’s teacher a virtual hug for helping you and for trying their best to bring school to your home. It’s been a trying time, but we will prevail!


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