Over the last 2 weeks we have talked about how Expectations as well as Clutter and Chaos can steal peace from homeschooling. This week I want to focus on a third item that will quickly remove the peace from your homeschool. You see, I redefined my expectations, removed the clutter, and yet I was still overwhelmed and stressed to the max. Why? I didn’t have healthy boundaries set up. My phone would buzz and I would pause to look at it. I would blog past the time I was supposed to and then get annoyed at the kids for being tired in school. I would prioritize everything else and get lax with my rules and before I knew it, it was noon and the kids were crabby. The biggest thing that had to change for us was a clear boundary when it came to the school day.
- Set a timer – My phone has a wonderful Doctor Who timer. Something about David Tennant telling me it’s time to get my act together makes it easier. Set a timer for yourself and your children to know when school will begin.
- Set snack times – I have a rule with my two. They know that snacks are to be eaten before school starts so that we can focus on what we have to get done while we are doing our school work. Having this as a part of your routine can save you from stopping to get snacks frequently.
- Set a no-call time or set your phone on Airplane Mode – Depending on your level of self control you can do either of these. Some people will not respect a no-call time. Set it anyway. They will learn that there is a time when you are unreachable and your kids will learn that they are the priority during school time.
- Turn off Facebook, Twitter, Instagram… and so on – Social media is a great way to connect with other moms when you are home during the day with your kids. Set specific times for it though so that your connection with others doesn’t keep you from connecting with the ones who matter most. You and your children will thrive more when there is a clear boundary established.
- Establish a standard – Your children need boundaries as well. Is there a time when games are appropriate? What about outside time? It’s easy to see your kids having fun and want to let them play longer. However, sometimes it’s important to teach them that there is a time for everything. Decide what the standard needs to be for your house and stick to it. You will be thankful you did.