A short break helps increase productivity in the corporate world as per scientific studies conducted on the subject, so it stands to reason that they will help the homeschool teacher in a similar manner. While one can argue that there is no break from being a parent, it is also possible to remove the associated stress with constant parenting by doing a few simple things. Some of these are listed below.
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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Yes, you should feed your children healthy and nutritious meals, the home should be clean of all clutter and the progress of each child in his grade must be consistent. However if you decide to have take out one day or do not fold the laundry instantly, it does not make you a bad parent. It makes you human, and humans do better with breaks. So accept that not everything is going to be perfect all the time, and then move on with your day in a stress free and happy manner.
Reduce the Extra Curriculum Activities
Sure you planned a whole lot of fun stuff for your children to do as part of the lesson. Yes most of it was highly educational as well, but that doesn’t mean that you have to kill yourself to complete it in the strict time frame that you have given yourself. Leave it be for another day. The activity can always be done on another day when you have more free time and nothing else planned. Allow yourself and your children from free time to breathe easier.
Fix Play time as well as Study time
While you may diligently work on the lesson plans and study time, there is a tendency in homeschool teachers to gloss over the play time activities. Plan on having some fun activity each day that allows you to enjoy the presence of your children in the house. The children will be happier and you will be relaxed. Remember they need some time to be children as well, they are more than just your homeschool students. Let them indulge their imaginations and they may surprise you with all the things that they can think up of.
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