Ace Those Days
We all have them… Those Days when we are sick, or the kids are out of sorts. Perhaps, we simply woke up on the wrong side of the bed, and just want to whine “I don’t want to do it.” Of course, when one is homeschooling, we want to have as few of Those Days as possible, but they happen. So, why beat ourselves up about having an ‘off’ day? Instead, let’s talk about HOW we can give ourselves a break, and make the most of the day. Here’s a list of survival tactics that won’t drain the little bit of energy, patience and ‘mommy brain’ you have available.
Channel your inner toddler, and ask your kids questions. You know what I’m talking about – who, what, where, when, why, how - use them. Your kids will talk to you to their little hearts’ content, because they get a mommy time/bonding time combo, and all mom had to do was sit with her tea and ask question and listen. With this activity, you are giving your child time to practice their conversational skills. You certainly don’t want your child to grow up and be one of those adults who can’t have a simple conversation. This practice is often lost in the fray of a normal crazy day, but when used strategically, you get super mama points for just being there. This is surely a win-win approach!
It is suggested you read to your child a half an hour everyday, even when they’re in the womb. You can never read too much to your child. This is one of my favorites when I feel sick. I don’t have to move, or think. My child can get me a book, so I don’t have to leave my nice warm couch. And they will be entertained for hours doing this. Read them things that rhyme. This will allow them to see how sounds work in words that are similar. Do read them the same book as many times as you can muster. It will help develop their memory, concentration, and help them recognize words as you read. Of course also read them your favorites, as well as theirs. Ask them question about the pictures and the story. This helps them become aware of details. It also allows them to become engaged in the book, and allows them again to work on their conversation skills. Reading is not just about saying the words on the page. You are exploring an adventure, while teaching them to analyze and really think about what they hear and see. Since we all know that a half an hour a day does not always happen, this is the perfect time to put a little extra time in. This special time with mama will help develop a love of reading. Reading is one of the best gifts you can give you child. It opens the doors of the world in so many ways - including the doors to learning. Helping a child develop a love of reading is one of the first steps in developing a life long learner. Can you beat that?
This is the day to get out the dress up, take out all the car toys, or just go outside. Build something. Take out the kids’ favorite toys, the ones you know they will play with for hours. Then just be there. Drink your tea, and rock in the rocking chair. The kids will develop their play around you, and you won’t have to move. Again talk to them, and ask them questions. Let them make you a part of the play. Take the time to observe them - really enjoy them. This is a great time to assess where they are at in so many areas. How are they playing? What do they like to play and play with? Who do they pretend to be? Who, and what, is important to them? How is their language developing? How are their motor skills? What do they need help with? Before you know it you will have lots of ideas for things to work with them on, and feel inspired for a new day tomorrow. The both of you will also have an awesome day of building memories of really being together. Isn’t this what it’s all about?
Now a day you thought was just a waste, became recharging, and super productive!!! Go super mama! Even some of your most ungraceful days can be some of your best!!! So keep this is mind when you roll out of bed on one of those days.