What I have found that has helped me get through each day as a sane Mumma is having my kids around me. Homeschooling them has been such a blessing to me in ways I wasn’t expecting. I know myself well. If I was to send them out to school every day I would have spent most of my hours under my covers, tucked up in bed watching movies while eating not so good comfort food and not dealing with my emotions. You just can’t do that with your kids around, watching your every reaction and how you deal with life. Having them around me has sort of forced me to think about my reactions and made me a stronger person. I’ve HAD to face fears, I’ve HAD to be the adult, I’ve HAD to answer some pretty tough questions, which has been awesome to be able to do so at home with no time restrictions. We have definitely created a stronger bond with each other.
Our day-to-day pace has slowed right down. My aim was to take busy out of our life and become more productive with our learning, our time and relationships. I’m really enjoying seeing their individual personalities grow. There are days where we have a good cry together and really get to the heart of the issue. And there are days where we are in stitches of laughter. I cherish these moments with my little people. Purposefully taking time out to laugh may sound a little strange to some but this is something I even try to schedule into our day because I know how healing it can be.
With my seven year old it’s a constant reminder not to laugh AT each other or at inappropriate things but to find that inner joy of shared laughter. Teaching them about resilience, laughing at our own mistakes without becoming frustrated and angry. With Mr 7 it’s a daily reminder. He has the tendency to get angry and frustrated very quickly, much like myself. At the moment I’m training him to scream into his pillow until he starts laughing. It’s a work in progress!
Your ability to laugh can be cultivated with practice so start by prioritising fun. Find occasion to be silly. Remember laughter, like smiling, is never depleted when you share it. Tamara Lechner
So yeah, we actually schedule in FUN into our Homeschool. I’ve learned too that happiness is a personal choice. There will be times of anger and sadness and that’s okay. Scheduling ‘happy’ into our daily adventures has been the most healing medicine for all of us.
Remember happiness is the journey, not the destination.