Hey Homeschool Mom – Keep It Simple!

Hey Homeschool Mom – Keep It Simple!

Keep It Simple, Sister! 

If your family needs three degrees to understand what they need to do while you’re gone, that’s a problem. 

If the person helping you out feels like the instructions you left them are written in Mandarin Chinese with a splash of Greek, Arabic, and Hebrew, that’s a problem. 

If you’re frustrated because your best-laid plan was laid waste by that one kid who comes to you and says, “Mom, all you had to do was…”, then you need to simplify things, my dear. 

While we want everything to run like a well-oiled machine when we leave home (or even while we’re there), we must remember that we are dealing with human beings who all have differing needs. Instead of giving our families a Ph.D. dissertation on how we want things to go, eliminate the stress you’re going to put on yourself by using the KISS principle—Keep It Simple, Sister. 

But…why should I keep it simple? 

When things are simple, it is more likely to be done! 

How many times have you given up on something because it simply did not make sense that there were so many steps to follow? Trust and believe that your family feels the same way! When you make things hard—which we don’t always realize—it is not going to be done. I’ll give you an example.  

When we first started homeschooling while I worked, I expected my daughter to follow the same schedule she had been following in school. I made elaborate lesson plans for my husband to follow and made sure every moment of the day was accounted for, which made me feel good.

Then I noticed that school wasn’t getting done until after I got home. What I had left for my family took all day to do, and every night, my husband was telling me about something that needed to change, which was offensive to me. It wasn’t until I sat down with my daughter and asked her what she needed that things began to work better! Have you asked your family? 

When things are simple, creativity and spontaneity run wild! 

You will have much more time in the day to get things done when you keep things simple at home. You won’t always feel so rushed to do this and that once you come in for the day! If you’ve ever gotten home and was surprised to find that your family had already taken care of those things you’re usually rushing into the house to get done, then you know exactly what I mean. When your daily routine and tasks are simple, you won’t be bothered by the fact that your family wants breakfast for dinner. 

So, what are the things that I need to simplify? 

I can’t speak for everyone’s household; however, what I can do is offer a few suggestions: 

  • Your expectation of perfection—understand that it’s going to take time to get anything going. Baby steps will get you further than you think! Allow yourself time to refocus, revise, revamp, and change what is needed. 
  • The amount of stuff you use—there will be times when you can do more with less! You don’t need to buy a 1,000 piece kit to do something that can be done with a box, a flashlight, some glow sticks, and a little imagination. 
  • Your schedule—every moment of the day does NOT need to have something in it! When you don’t allow for flexibility, any little change will throw you off your game, and then nothing gets done! 
  • Your curriculum—consider using something that is online or self-paced! Building independence in your children will not breed anarchy but will give you the time that you need to get other things done. I know that’s difficult in this tech-crazed world; however, having something that they can do anywhere and at any time will make things simpler than you think. 

These are just a few of my thoughts as I continue in my year. For those of you who are just starting, I wish you the BEST in your school year! 

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Blog Contributor Tammie Polk

 

Tammie Polk is a Mompreneur on a Mission! She is a married, homeschooling mother of three girls ages 15, 10, and 5 from Memphis, Tennessee. When she’s not pouring into her girls, you can find her writing, doing crossword puzzles, or playing games! Her major claim to fame is being the author of over 30 books on life, faith, family, and business- all of which were written in the last three years. Tammie is also a business coach, homeschool consultant, motivational and inspirational speaker, and international radio show host!

 

 

 

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A Thankful Working Homeschool Mama

(The following is a guest post from Tammie Polk, a working homeschool mom, and True North Homeschool Academy contributor.)

We’ve all had that day when we get off from work or walk out of our home office and realize that there was so much that could’ve happened that day, but didn’t. Even though the house may be a wreck and you’re at your wit’s end, you smile at your family, take a deep breath, and get to put the house back in order. I know that things are rough for you, Mama, but you have much to be thankful for—let me share a few with you. 

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Be thankful that you’re a working HOMESCHOOL mom… 

There are many women out there who cling to the hope that this will be them one day. The ones who are looking at you and wondering how you do it? Yep! Those are the ones who have that hope.

While many have thrown in the towel for their own reasons, celebrate the fact that you stayed the course. More importantly, be there for those who are no longer on that journey and find a way to be a help and blessing to them. With the way things are going in the world today, the decision to homeschool is becoming more and more prevalent! 

Be thankful that you’re a WORKING homeschool mom… 

Didn’t you just say that? Yes, I did, but with a different spin. There are millions of women out there who are wondering what they can do from home so that they CAN homeschool. Would you believe me if I told you that’s how my business started? I was involved in a thread with some fellow homeschool moms who were wondering what everyone did for extra money. When I told them about my homeschool consulting business, I got messages for DAYS! You’ve figured out what you can do to help sustain your household while lovingly teaching and leading your children. 

Be thankful that you’re a working homeschool MOM 

I am certain many of you know someone who has lost a child or has struggled with having children—the emptiness they feel is unimaginable and some are quick to remind you of how wonderful it is to have a family. You may laugh and start telling war stories, yet the look in these eyes of these women seem to burn through your soul at times. Never take being a mom for granted. You have a rare and precious opportunity to shape young minds to be awesome adults one day! 

Be thankful that you make it work every day… 

It won’t always be pretty, either! You’ll have days when absolutely nothing gets done except for the work what you do. You might even have days where you look at the school bus driving through your neighborhood and start contemplating whether or not you’re going to put your kids on it. Then, there are the days when you simply want a quiet house, but remember: 

  • No one knows your babies better than you! 
  • They may fight now, but they will thank you one day! 
  • Each day you wake up is a new day! 
  • You may not meet every goal, yet you are meeting some! 

At the end of the day, it’s all about looking around our homes and seeing the positive, no matter how fleeting it might be. As you say goodnight to them tonight, tell them you love them and that you’re thankful for them! It will do much for your heart and theirs! 

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Tammie Polk is a Mompreneur on a Mission! She is a married, homeschooling mother of three girls ages 15, 10, and 5 from Memphis, Tennessee. When she’s not pouring into her girls, you can find her writing, doing crossword puzzles, or playing games! Her major claim to fame is being the author of over 30 books on life, faith, family, and business- all of which were written in the last three years. Tammie is also a business coach, homeschool consultant, motivational and inspirational speaker, and international radio show host!

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