As many homeschool families begin their new school year, or begin to refresh their year-round school, it’s a great time to talk about management & coping strategies for those “not so good” days. We love our children. Many of us homeschool, not because it is the easy thing, but because it is the right thing for our families. Parenting is tough no matter the circumstances, but 24/7 parenting and schooling offers additional challenges. It is critical to develop strategies that work well for you – and your children!
You CAN do this – these coping strategies will help you do it right.
Coping Strategies for Tough Days in Homeschooling
- Have a plan – if you know ahead of time how you plan to handle those tough days or moments, you are more prepared to deal with them from the start. You are more confident and prepared to deal with the situation.
- Recognize your triggers – make a list of the things that tend to go wrong or set you off on the wrong foot. Is it when children bicker? (ahem – me! me!) Is it when they won’t sit still and listen to the school lesson? Recognizing your triggers will help you plan to avoid them.
- Implement strategies – If children don’t sit still during the lesson, maybe they need to play with clay or Play-dough while you read out loud. Now that you have a list of those triggers, you can think about ways to keep them from being a problem. Investigate whether or not you are schooling at the right time of day. Are they well fed or getting hungry? When do the problems occur? Are you expecting more than they are capable of or do they need to step up? Consider implementing a reward chart or plan where they earn gold stars – at the end of the week, maybe a choice from a dollar store basket would be good inspiration.
- Evaluate your schedule – are you trying to pack too much into each day? As homeschoolers, we have the freedom to adjust our schedules as needed. Schooling year-round can really take the pressure off.
- Evaluate your curriculum – is your curriculum too rigid for your family? Consider implementing more hands on learning & creative homeschooling strategies to put the fun back into your homeschool.
- Nurture your mind and soul – Did you have your quiet time before school? Did you start your homeschool with a family devotional? Deep breathing, prayer, essential oils, praise music – are all ways to nurture your mind and soul. These things will improve attitudes for you and for your kids!
- Nurture your body – get outside for a walk – with or without the kids. You need to get the body moving to maintain a healthy physical balance. Have a cup of TEA! There are healing, calming, nurturing qualities to special tea that can help you cope with stress. Learn more about that here on Blooming with Joy.
SaniTea is made of Rooibos Tea, aka, red tea. Rooibos tea is an herb from South Africa that is a natural energy booster, this gives you the extra boost any time of day. The green Rooibos helps with calming and anxiety. So you are getting the boost of energy and help with anxiety. PLUS, it has Vitamin C from the orange peels and antioxidants from the strawberries.
Not it mention it the aroma alone will put you on cloud nine. And the flavor, well, it is absolutely exquisite. Bottom line, served hot or cold this tea will send your senses soaring!
- Gallon: The easiest way to get your SaniTea is by the gallon.I have gallon size tea pouches, you pop on in your gallon size container and it brews cold in your fridge. These are great as a juice replacement, because you can control the sugar and the type of sugar that your family is in taking. In my opinion, this does not need sugar. At most, the whole gallon would not need more that a ¼ cup of sweetener.
- Economical Sack: The most economical way to get your SaniTea is the 6oz sack.
This tea can easily be easily brewed in your iced tea machine.
- Compact: The cutest way to get your Sanitea is in our 2oz tin.
Make your Sanitea by the cup or gift it to a friend. I use my infuser set to brew a couple of cups daily.