Managing your home, family, and home school is NOT easy! At times it can be stressful or even overwhelming. However, with some thought and planning you will find there are simple routines to reduce your stress.
I’m going to share a few simple routines that helped me tremendously over the 31 years of juggling my family, home, and homeschooling.
They may seem little, but often the little things are what wear us down. Little things become big things.
Doing these 3 simple things each evening, makes for a much smoother start in the morning. Preparation begins the night before!
1. Clean up the kitchen.
Make sure the sink is clean, and the counters are clear. Nothing is more discouraging than coming into a dirty kitchen in the morning.
2. Have the kids do a quick pick-up before bed.
3. Make your to do list for the next day.
You will sleep better knowing you’ve written down the things you need to remember, and with a plan in place. It will also eliminate a frantic morning as you try to sort out where to start.
1. Set your alarm to play an uplifting song or hymn. (or set it to a Christian radio station)
Music affects your spirit, and one of the best things you can do is wake up to good music.
I use an app on my phone called You Version. Again, this is a great way to prepare your spirit for the day. Also, if things get crazy, you will have gotten at least a few verses of Scripture into your heart and mind.
3. Pray that God will prepare your heart for the day, and fill you with His joy as you greet your kids.
If you have a difficult child, it’s extra important to ask God to help you be able to greet that child with a joyful, loving heart.
4. Before getting busy with school, think about supper!
Get something out of the freezer, or throw something in the crock pot. That gives you one less thing to worry about getting done later in the day.
5. Start the day for everyone with Scripture.
How you do this will vary based on the ages of your kids. When ours were little, we sang a Scripture song before breakfast.
Right after breakfast, those that were able to read spent a few minutes reading their Bible, while I got toddlers and babies cared for. Before academics, we then had a Bible/character lesson, and worked on some Bible memory.
God’s Word should be the foundation on which everything we do rests, so it’s important to take time with His Word before beginning the academics. We ended with prayer for God’s blessing on our day, for good attitudes, for us to do our best, etc.
None of these activities require huge amounts of time, but they will make a big difference in your outlook as you begin a new day.
What are some routines you have for your family?