Schedule regular breaks and take them whether you think you need them or not.
We all do it! It seems like a wonderful thing to tell our kids: “Hey, if you can get this all done this morning, we will have all afternoon with no school!”
Guess what? Across the board, homeschooling kids are saying, “We’d rather have a break!”
I am ashamed to say, I fell into this one my first year of homeschooling. At the beginning of the school year, I was really good about taking breaks. My favorite time for one of these breaks was when one of the kids was struggling, grumpy or looking tired, when I found myself overwhelmed with the mess around me, or when grogginess was setting in for all of us.
I would announce, “RECESS TIME!” and we would head outside for a good 20 minutes of fun. It never ceased to amaze me how easy it was to get back to a difficult task after a quick breather.
But, as the year went on, I became more and more involved with other things. (See #1, Overscheduling) Suddenly, it was essential for my kids to finish up their work in the morning so we could have the afternoon free. Breaks became a thing of the past.
I did not realize just how frustrating this was for my kids until one of our recent homeschool graduates put it on her top ten list. Sure enough, my kids hated it too!
Simply put, the trade-off is not worth it. A free afternoon after a grueling morning is not all it’s cracked up to be.
Bottom line: Schedule regular breaks and take them whether you think you need them or not. And be sure to spend at least one break enjoying your kids! In the end, a more relaxed, longer day is better than a crammed, short day any day!
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