Today, six friends and I are writing a series called Put the Phone Down! Our hope and prayer is to draw to your attention the importance of one-on-one relationships with those around you, without the distraction of a phone and/or computer.
In closing, you will find a list of lovely ladies and their individual “Put the Phone Down” topics.
My topic is “teacher”, because I am a homeschooling mama (teacher!). And because homeschooling mamas get distracted. Easily. By phones and computers and just about everything else. 🙂
Last year, I really struggled with homeschooling. I already told you about that. I did the best I felt I could with a (sickly) newborn, sleep deprivation, a move, and a bunch of other distractions.
I earned an “E” for effort, but it was far from satisfactory.
This year, I was determined things would change. I would change. And I did change. And things changed. This past semester of homeschooling has probably been the most rewarding one we’ve had so far in our homeschooling journey.
I did just two things differently this year than I’ve ever done before:
I changed my attitude, and I got rid of distractions.
I am a woman with a one-track mind. Whatever I’m doing at the moment tends to consume me. This can be both a good thing (I really focus on whatever I am doing) and a bad thing (I do not handle distractions well, thus the need to eliminate them as much as possible).
Life is always full of the unexpected; interruptions, distractions, delays. Those should be taken in stride and with a generous dose of flexibility.
However, many distractions are self-inflicted. Such as texting Susie Q during phonics, or writing a “quick email” during a math lesson.