We've all been there, right? Where we are so. tired. we. can't. move.
And sometimes these days extend into weeks. Survival mode is no fun, and mom guilt ON TOP OF survival mode? That's just plain brutal. Health problems, pregnancy, emotional difficulties, lack of sleep, or just a crazy schedule can bring us all to our knees at one time or another. And now, Christmas is coming as well- with all the (fun) but hard work that is associated with that.
But no matter how tired we are, kids still need to be fed, their screen time needs to be limited, and we definitely don't want any fighting or whining! While we are dreaming, it would also be ideal if they were learning something. . .
But how? How do we do take care of the kids and still take care of ourselves? I don't have all the answers (besides feed them cold cereal for dinner), but I do have one great tip:
The secret is a closet.
Not to lock your kids into-- no. That would be cruel and illegal. ;)
But a closet (or cupboard or whatever) is important because scarcity is key.To give credit where credit is due, I first heard of "the closet" from Rachel DeMille over at A Thomas Jefferson Education. Her closet is used to store homeschool supplies and it has an actual lock on it to emphasize the value of what is inside, but let me tell you how to adapt this to your situation.
Basically it's this: store "special" toys, games, books, etc. in the closet that can ONLY be used for special occasions, for example, quiet time. The fact that they can't be used any old time, makes these items a special treat. And if you carefully select hands off (for you), educational items that will help your child learn and have fun by themselves . . . you might be able to get a nap! You can get a break and afterschool at the same time- how great is that?!
The best part? No mom guilt!
Here are just a few ideas to get you started. (By the way, I found all of this stuff at Sonlight.com. It's an AMAZING resource for all things afterschooling and homeschooling- I always love all of their stuff):
These are just some fun ideas to get you started, but once you start a closet and use it for quiet time in your family, life will never be the same! The closet is a great way to take care of both you AND your children at the same time. Good luck, my friends!
Hi, I'm Jen! I adore chocolate, I'd rather read than clean my house, and I haven't seen my abs in I-don't-know-how-long. But I love my husband and kids to death and try to Raise The Good within myself and my family by making wise and uplifting media choices and having a deliberate family culture. You are probably doing the same thing. Let's share what works with each other!
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