Whether you are a better safe than sorry, or a wait it out and see mom, they have decided that for everyone’s safety, schools are closed.
Homeschool mom to the rescue with survival tips!
Establish a routine
Kids are used to a routine in school: breakfast, class, recess, lunch, class, recess.
KEEP THAT ROUTINE!
Kids will be confused and will think this is a vacation UNLESS you establish a routine and set realistic expectations early and often. Homeschool moms have struggled with our own because we got lax on the routine, and it never turns out well for anyone. Usually involving crying by one or both parties. Whether you are teaching or playing, a routine for your day is necessary for everyone’s survival.
While kids are in school, the teacher often asks them to work individually. Not every moment of a teacher’s day is spent answering questions and giving instructions. Engage with your kids but allow them to engage in their own learning and playing without you having to hover. Remember that even though you are mom and play on the weekends, your new normal needs to include self-care and boundaries.
Encourage reading and nap times
Reading is good and naps are better. Usually reading leads to naps and naps lead to peace and quiet for moms. Nothing is more exciting that the quiet that naps bring, reading also can bring moments of quiet. Remember that it doesn’t matter what they read, it just matters that they are reading. We don’t need to be AR concerned all the time. Let reading be fun again and offer you some quiet time.
Utilize your village
There are more people who homeschool than you think. If you are tasked with carrying on the learning process with guided material from schools, ask for help when you are stuck. I can tell you that no homeschool mom does this alone. Our village is large and our village is kind. We do not always know the answer but rest assured someone does. Reach out if you are stuck on something because we have all been there many times.
Remember that you are adding a hat to the many ones you already wear and burnout is real. Take care of yourself!
I know that there are struggles involved, especially for working moms and figuring out child care. It’s a scary thing and you are allowed to feel scared and unsure. No matter the situation remember you are a part of the Lafayette Mom village and we’ve got you!
You’ve got this.