Well here I am again in those late night hours getting some quiet. It seems just sitting in quiet is what I crave by the end of the day. No more people talking at me at once. I love being home with my kids. I love having my laid back routine of homeschooling. Hold on, wait a minute...did I say laid back??? Yes, I think I did. How can that be you ask? Well I saw a photo the other day on Facebook and it some what explains it.
I have been homeschooling now for over 10 years and this is what I've learned. Education happens whether your children sit at a desk for hours a day, on the couch or in their beds. Whether we stay home in our jammies all day or whether we run around from activity to activity. I have spent along time feeling guilty about not getting up at the crack of dawn, before my child or now children and getting things done and having my quiet time in the morning. I have felt like a failure because my child didn't do things at the "appropriate" times or behave the "appropriate" way. I have been embarrassed to have an unannounced guest show up at my door only to be greeted by me still in my jammies at 2pm in the afternoon. I have allowed my child/children watch shows that I know have been taboo by my home school group and have sworn him to secrecy.
Over the years, I have had years of being able to stay on track, I have had years that the thought of the upcoming school year has made me cringe and just about everything in between. Now that my oldest is wrapping up his Sophomore year, I look back on all that and think these little ones I have now will have a much saner (is that a word?) mom! How lucky are they?? Now I embrace all these things I was once embarrassed or made uncomfortable by. The beauty of homeschooling is that we are individual families, raising individual children. I have children that love popping out of bed and getting on the with the day. I have others, that are more like me, night owls that like to then ease into their morning. We mostly get it all done and I get to meet the needs of each child while teaching them to respect the needs of others. What a blessing!
Today was just one of those days. While I was showered and dressed long before 2pm, I did have child that stayed in his jammies all day. In fact I think I put him bed with the same jammies on. (The horror!) And while the learning that most of us did today did not come out of a text book it was an enlightening day all the same. Some times I think rainy days are just like that. On days like that I just want to cuddle up with a cup on tea and knit or dive into a project of some kind. Getting dressed some times feels counter-productive to that. When I used to be employed and was able to work from home I loved getting up and working in my jammies! Some times I think other people are just jealous! Or at least I'd like to think that. As for me and mine, we will keep our relaxed schedule and press on. But so I don't stay in bed to late in the morning I must get to bed... Good nite! Hope you had/have a good day!