“I could never homeschool my kids! I’m not patient enough!”
How many times have you heard this? It’s one of the comments I get the most often from people who don’t homeschool, and one of the things that homeschool moms laugh the most about. I do not have the patience of a saint. I just don’t. Sometimes, my kids drive me absolutely up the wall. Sometimes, getting through a math lesson is enough to make me want to lock myself in the closet and cry. Sometimes, the idea of doing school, cleaning my home, and taking care of the little ones is completely overwhelming.
I know I am not the only one who can feel stressed when it comes to homeschooling. There is so much pressure to get it right. Just this morning, I was reading a thread on Facebook with Moms worrying about getting their kids into college, and teaching them enough.
There is a lot to worry about.
Plus, I have kids who do things like this! It’s an old video, but it’s a good one. This kid….
So, how can you decrease your stress while you homeschool?
5 Stress Relief Tools for Homeschool Moms
1. Take a Time Out
I remember when I had my first baby, my mom told me that taking a time out is always the best option. Even if it means letting the baby cry in his crib a moment. When you get overwhelmed, make sure the kids are doing something safe, and go take yourself to another room, and have a moment.
You can meditate, pray, sit and take a deep breath, read a book, have a power nap…. just take a moment to regain your composure. If Mom is overwhelmed and cranky, she isn’t a very effective teacher. So take a break until you feel better!
2. Have a Treat
So this isn’t the healthiest suggestion, but it works for me. A piece of chocolate or a cup of tea goes a long way with lifting my spirits and helping me relax. I keep a stash of my favorite candies in a drawer, and when I need a little pick me up, I go enjoy one out of sight of the kids (because you know, Mama don’t share!)
3. Laughter is the Best Medicine
If math is getting the best of you, close the book, and go play. We love a good race around the house, or tickle fight to get us all back on track. Baking cookies or playing a board game work too!
4. Get Some Fresh Air
One fabulous way to restart your day is heading outside with the kids. The sun is an amazing tool to pick you up when you’re feeling down! Close the books, and head out for a walk, or just relax in the back yard. After a few minutes of sun, you should be feeling much better.
5. Reach for RESCUE
This past week, I discovered RESCUE Pearls, a homeopathic remedy that you can use to help reduce your stress level. I’ve been keeping mine in my pen case while I teach the kids, and I can pop a little pearl in my mouth if I start to feel a little overwhelmed. They melt quickly on your lounge, and quickly leave you feeling a little bit better. RESCUE also has Pastilles, Sleep Melts, and a few other products that will all help you relax.
RESCUE was developed by a doctor, and has 5 active herbal ingredients meant to help keep you calm and in control. I even had my husband try them, and he says they helped him feel less stressed too without any side effects. You can find RESCUE at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and many other stores with natural products. You can get a Buy One, Get One coupon here!
It’s hard to be an effective teacher, or a happy mom when you are feeling overwhelmed! Do you have any stress relief tips to share? How do you keep your cool when your kids can’t remember what a noun is after three months of grammar practice?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.