Welcome! I (Monica) am wrapping up our Joyful Homeschooling series here at the blog today and Tuesday!
Today, we’re talking about three common joy-stealers for homeschooling moms:
- hormones and mood Ewing’s Hi
- disobedience from children
If any of these sound familiar to you, please keep reading! 🙂
Don’t compare yourself to others.
So many times, we have a certain picture of the perfect homeschool scenario, which includes the perfect homeschooling teacher.
This can zap your joy faster than you can say, what’s-two-plus-two?!
You must do what is best for your family according to your own family’s needs and interests.
This may or may not mean a picture perfect classroom with matching desks and LLBean book bags.
You may have to do school at the kitchen table.
You may have to get book bags from yard sales.
You may not have a BA in elementary education or even have graduated high school. With God’s strength, you can…
Prepare yourself emotionally for hormonal imbalances.
Ladies, it happens.
Mood swings based on what our hormones have decided to do.
I can get really. Grouchy. Quick. At “certain” times.
Prepare yourself for this time (you know it’s coming!).
Take time to pamper yourself a bit.
Take a hot shower.
Have time to regroup in the mornings.
Go to bed an extra hour early during “that time of the month.” (Or during or right after a pregnancy.)
Have a hot cup of tea or my personal favorite, coffee.
With unlimited refills. 🙂
The best advice I like to give (and try to follow) for these “hormonal times” is to follow the old adage, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”
My kids sometimes wonder if I’m mute for three or four days out of the month.
It’s best to maintain a quiet spirit (and mouth) during this time!
Train your children to obey.
You don’t want to have to deal with constant behavioral problems while trying to homeschool.
Notice I said “constant” because I wasn’t born yesterday and I DO happen to have six wonderful, but imperfect children.
Spats happen. Ruckus occurs. Fights ensue.
However, this type of constant behavior will stress you to the max while you are attempting to homeschool.
Try to nip any continuous behavioral problems in the bud before you begin a new homeschooling year.
If you have to take a short break to focus on loving and training a strong-willed child, it will be worth your while.
Your children must respect you as their teacher.
Have the “principal” talk to your pupils about the need for them to respect you, if needed.
Don’t allow the children to bully each other. Any constant behavior that is distracting to your other children should not be excused or over looked.
Pray for wisdom. Ask God for help and strength. Rely on your husband for guidance and for reinforcement. Read some good books on child training and homeschooling.
Love your children.
Enjoy your children.
God’s gifts to you.
Give them the gift of being a joyful mother.
Are any of these “joy stealers” a struggle for you?
Hormones and moods?
Monica is passionate about honoring God, her husband, homeschooling, homemaking, homesteading, helping other women, & healthy living. She and her husband have six children, ages 12 years to 22 months, and live on a small farm in the good ole South. They enjoy singing together as a family and using their talents as a ministry. She and her husband enjoy teaching music lessons on the side. She can be found blogging (very sporadically) at www.simplefarmmama.wordpress.com.