Contrary to popular belief, homeschool isn’t always glamorous. In fact, there are some really hard days. There are days when Math causes the apocalypse, Science prompts Armageddon, and asking your child to read is treated like you are trying to kill them. It can be very easy to let the hard days take over. More than once I have seen an entire day ruined over a Math lesson. The beautiful thing is, it doesn’t have to end this way. There are some great ways to reset a bad homeschool day. Let me share a few.
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In the middle of a situation it can be hard to see the bigger picture. Take a few minutes and step away. You don’t have to go far. In fact, the bathroom is a great place to catch your breath. The goal is to remove yourself from the situation for a minute so you can get a new perspective. Make sure you come back after a short cooling down period and address the issue.
Pick your battles
In the heat of a bad day it can seem like every issue is worth fighting for. However, after the dust has settled you might realize that your child didn’t have to do Math before reading. Look at the situation at hand and decide whether it is worth ruining the day for. Homeschooling offers you a great deal of flexibility. Instead of fighting over smaller issues, pick your battles and focus on what matters.
Know that bad days exist
Sometimes kids are in a bad mood. There doesn’t have to be a reason. There doesn’t need to be an excuse either. Sometimes there are just really bad days. On days like this, decide whether you have a life lesson to teach or if you want to show grace. If you want to teach a life lesson, you can emphasize the importance of working diligently even when we aren’t in a good mood. If you want to show grace, you may want to either cut down on school work or skip it completely. There are days when each would work well and neither is the right answer all of the time.
Take an honest look at your situation
Life can be really hard at times. This doesn’t change because you homeschool. We have had some really difficult seasons in our homeschool over the last few years. It is really important to look at what is going on in your child’s world when you are having a hard day. Did a loved one pass away? Have you been going through financial troubles they witness? Have they been exposed to some difficult family drama? All of these things contribute to the way your child is feeling They don’t have to be an excuse but understanding what is going on with them can help you to show more grace than you normally might.
Teach them to communicate feelings
Feelings can be tricky. Just think about the movie Inside Out. Poor Rylee didn’t know what she was feeling half of the time. When a child is feeling big emotions they don’t always know how to communicate them. One of the quickest ways to reset a bad homeschool day is to give your child the ability to say what they are feeling. Teach your child how to say that they are angry, sad, scared, hurting, or overwhelmed. This may make all the difference.
Discipline where needed
Sometimes kids just suck. Blunt? A bit but it is so true. Sometimes kids just do bad things no matter what you want for them. This is where consistent discipline can be a great teaching tool. I am not telling you to beat your child whenever you have a bad homeschooling day. I’m telling you that some bad homeschool days come from disobedience. Reclaim the leadership and discipline the bad behavior.
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