Are you in need of some homeschool mom encouragement?
If you’ve been homeschooling for two weeks, or even two decades, you might desperately be in need of some homeschool mom encouragement. Homeschooling is a job, but we often believe that we should be able to run our house (a job), manage multiple people (a job) education tiny and not-so-tiny humans (a job) keep ourselves together physically, mentally spiritually and emotionally (also a job) all at once.
I’ve always quipped that I can either have a clean house or well-educated kids. It’s one or the other because they are both jobs and I’m just one person giving it my all.
And wouldn’t it be nice if encouragement showed up at the door like a daily delivery? Sometimes it does when theAmazonn order or my monthly box subscription comes in, and frankly, new books and a box of pampering supplies is a dose of encouragement. But on those days when it’s just me, the house, and a bevy of kids who need to be taught, where do I find homeschool mom encouragement? Where do you?
However, all hope is not lost! Over the years I have gained some insight into homeschool mom encouragement. Here are a few tricks I’ve learned along the way.
Homeschool Mom Encouragement Tip #1 – Think Happy Thoughts.
Spend time each day focusing on the good, real and beautiful in your life. Start a gratitude journal. Read daily affirmations and then share and say them to others. Take a 5-minute laugh break and find your favorite comic on Youtube. Breaking up the day’s serious endeavors with shared laughter is a great way to bring encouragement to the table!
Homeschool Mom Encouragement Tip #2 – Remember that the days are long but the years are short.
You won’t be in this season forever. Kids will grow and change, mature and develop. Your house will get cleaner, the laundry lessen. You’ve heard it a million times before but honestly, your diapering days will wane and your kids will learn to close the door. Life is seasonal. This season won’t last forever. If it’s difficult now, easier days are coming. If it’s easier now, you’ll have this time of ease to shore you up and encourage you during more difficult seasons.
Homeschool Mom Encouragement Tip #3 – Get up, get moving, get outside.
There is like moving to change one’s perspective. Just like our and kids need to move to get the wiggles out or to get their brain in gear, so do we! Taking a break to go on a walk, go workout or get a change of scenery and some fresh air can be a simple, and useful, way to encourage yourself. Take your kids to the gym with you and set some goals or do a crazy work-out challenge together.
Homeschool Mom Encouragement Tip #4 – Put your pants on, literally.
Skip the yoga pants and crummy stretched out t-shirt and get dressed like you have important work to do. Because you do; so dress the part. Get dressed for your day even when you plan on staying home, including putting on` simple make-up or nice earrings. When you live in worn out, beaten down clothes, it’s easy to get discouraged.
Homeschool Mom Encouragement Tip #5 – “If you have two loaves of bread, sell one and buy a lily.”
Clean up; even if it’s just a small area. Put flowers there -draw them, cut them out of construction paper, print them off and color them or buy them fresh from Sam’s. Have one small bright, cheery, flowery place in your home that cause you to breathe a little deeper, pause a little longer and take delight. Living things are encouraging, green plants and green therapy calm and rejuvenate us
So, even if no one shows up out of the blue to clean your house and cook your dinner be encouraged! You are doing important, God-honoring work. And that, my friends, is something to be encouraged about!
Are you looking for more homeschool mom encouragement? Check out our free printable affirmations, designed just for the homeschool mom!