I Need A Break
As a homeschooling stay at home mom, I’ll be the first to admit it’s time for me to take a break and smell the coffee. Now we all know that we will be the last ones to take one of course – but don’t be that mom. If you don’t take a minute, and sit back, realize that without a break you may have a burn out. The school will be there, the laundry will be there, the dishes will be there – well you might want to take care of them. But please be sure and take time for yourself. It can be quite hectic especially if we have more than one child we are working with. We are calling ourselves christian homeschool moms, so don’t forget who we can go to for guidance.
Just don’t forget one thing – you know it’s time for a break when you are having one or more of these thoughts or find yourself with one of these symptoms – you better sit yourself down and rethink the situation.
- You’ve forgotten your kid somewhere.
- When was the last time you ate out without buying kid’s meal
- Your Christmas lights are still up
- You lost your car in the parking lot – (or was that your child)
- You just vacuumed (well you thought you just vacuumed) what’s with all the dog hair
- You just finished spring cleaning (in November)
I think by now you get the idea – time to take a serious evaluation, whether you’re helping or hindering your children at this point. Now, what should you do. Send the kids to the park with dad, or sister or friend. Get that cup of coffee ready, sit back with your favorite book, movie or poolside. Whatever works for you. But whatever you do, don’t forget the chocolate!
My Mom Never Said That
If I were honest, I don’t think I ever remember hearing my mom say I need a break. I’m sure she did of course, and don’t get me wrong, I did see her fall apart at the seems once or twice. The general idea is, that moms get stressed out carrying the load of family, homes and if you’re homeschooler, teacher. All this can feel like the weight of the world on your shoulders and you realize you need an escape. You know, something less stressful than screaming, fighting, moody, destructive little people, (and a couple big ones) who may or may not be able to communicate properly.
What Do I Do Now
For some of us, when nap time comes we find ourselves straight to the computer to catch up on Facebook, Twitter or maybe another Pinterest pin that you just had to see. My alone time just became filled with clicks, tweets and likes – but I don’t feel rested. Now I’m even more stressed because I saw two issues with my relatives that will give me something else to worry about. My break from being a “stressed out stay at home mom” still feels stressed. The internet can sometimes make us feel anything but rested.
For others you make like to run, go swimming, maybe even artwork. Anything that you truly enjoy, but do something that lets you enjoy some time to yourself. Too often as mothers, we think we aren’t accomplishing anything if we’re not working around the house or doing something for our children. How wrong this is, if we do something to take care of ourselves, we will be better people for everyone around us.
This Should Be The Obvious To Me – But It’s Not
Whether we use string on a finger, a Post-it Note on the mirror, or reminder on our smartphones, we all usually do something to remind ourselves of a certain thing on our calendar for that week. But did we put God on our calendar? We may not realize it’s happening – and for sure we don’t do it on purpose, but we allow our busy lives to crowd out our devotion to God. We enjoy so many things that He has blessed us with, our family, food and homes, but did we forget to thank the one who has given us everything.
As homeschool moms, we cannot be who we have to be without first going to the one who has allowed us to be home with our children. In fact, I mean if you really think about it your day is going to be busy whether we get a break or not. We have to learn to use those alone times to refresh, and not waste them. Take time to refresh ourselves in the Word of God. The Bible itself shows us:
Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons’ sons.
So I Guess The Point Is – What I Do With That Break
Homeschooling is stressful enough, and can wear the best of us out. Whatever you do, don’t let the hectic days, and the forgotten children (just kidding) steal your joy. God has been so good to all of us, if we can just give Him those few minutes we have to refocus, have an extra large cappuccino – because that nap your kids are taking – will end. We all try to go above and beyond for our families, God made us that way, He knows that. Get yourself a good devotional (it doesn’t have to be a full sermon everyday) – something to lift you up!
For me personally, I am so thrilled to be able to be home with my children. My kids are older now, and I do take that occasional nap, swim in the pool – and just kick back. I guess I’m trying to say, just lets us enjoy what God has given us, use the break times to truly look to Him, and don’t let the craziness of the day steal our joy. Here are a couple of devotional books I am familiar with – they both are great!
|My Utmost for His Highest: an updated edition in today’s language – Value Edition
By Oswald Chambers, edited by James Reimann / Discovery HouseThis edition of the Christian classic by Oswald Chambers features an updated text edited by James Reimann. A Word About Oswald and Biddy Chambers by David McCasland is also included and introduces the reader to Oswald Chambers and his wife Biddy, who worked to publish his works after his death. Paperback.
|Morning and Evening, KJV Edition, soft leather look – Lilac
By Hendrickson PublishersCharles Spurgeon wrote these, classic, one-page daily devotions to be read each morning and evening to encourage his fellow believers. Over one hundred years later, Spurgeon’s devotions continue to encourage Christians with the message of God’s love. Each meditation is founded on a single verse of Scripture, inspiring and exhorting readers to rely upon God’s care for people and to respond to that love with ever deeper service. This edition features Scripture taken from the KJV, an imitation leather binding, silver gilded page edges, and a satin ribbon marker.
…and what if your child really doesn’t want to take that nap? I love me some Veggie Tales!!
|The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie, Widescreen Edition on DVD
By Big IdeaIn their second theatrical release, the VeggieTales gang goes on a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas! Larry the Cucumber, Mr. Lunt, and Pa Grape star as Elliot, Sedgwick, and George–the loveable Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything. Working as busboys at the Pieces of Ate Dinner Theater, our three heroes dream of doing something big, like starring in the show. Their wish is granted in a very unexpected way when a mysterious orb transports them to a faraway time and place where they help a brave princess rescue her brother from pirates and become the most unlikely heroes! Includes approximately 90 minutes of bonus features.
|I Can Be Your Friend, VeggieTales Sing-Alongs DVD
By Big IdeaThese 10 super silly songs are sure to bring out smiles! Join Bob the Tomato, Larry the cucumber, and the rest of the VeggieTales ® crew in this collection of favorite sing-along songs that the whole family is sure to enjoy! Presented in karaoke format, you’ll find the words on the screen followed by a bouncing icon to help kids sing along. Approximately 30 minutes.