Lately I’ve been feeling pulled in too many directions and generally overwhelmed. I took on another writing column (this one on green living, a subject I really love yapping about!) and have been juggling…
- Homeschooling four ages
- Two blogs
- Three daily columns
- Cooking mostly from scratch and now having to also provide vegan meals (Anna’s gone vegan!)
- The garden
- Time with each child (and we have two VERY difficult ages going at once!)
- Exercise with the kids
- Fun time for me
I’m pretty much failing at most of that. 😉 Or at least walking around feeling as if any moment my head might implode.
What I realized today is that I needed to figure out my ideal schedule. I can’t try to adopt that if I don’t really know what it is.
The same principle is true of homeschooling or homemaking.
I can’t properly get my house in order if I haven’t taken the time to visualize what the house would look like in my perfect world. Once I have an ideal in my head, I can start implementing all the little parts of it I am imagining.
Once I see my own vision clearly for what the dining room will look like, I can take small steps like paint the window seat the right color or look for the drapes I envision. Before I know what the plan is, I can’t really ever get any closer to it.
The same goes for homeschooling. I need to think about what our perfect homeschool day (or year) would entail. How much of the kids’ schoolwork will be self directed? Will we do “schooly” things together for part of the time? At a certain time of day? What will the routine be like? What subjects will we cover? What sort of things will they do on the computer? What sort of art projects?
It’s also true of parenting, of course. So many times we as parents get caught up in the daily management of our kids and don’t take the time to figure out what we want for them long term. If we want them to be independent, self assured leaders, for instance, teaching them to mindlessly obey is not going to work out so well.
So my assignment for myself today is to daydream. I am going to just take time to visualize… My perfect daily schedule (do I want to continue to write my columns in the morning or should I switch to a circle time in the morning and write during naps and evenings?), my ideal living room, a perfect homeschool for our family…
I am not foolish enough to think that we will ever achieve any kind of “ideal” here. I don’t think perfection exists outside of nature (babies, flowers, oceans… plenty of things there are pretty close to perfect!). I don’t want perfection. But I do want to know my own ideals so I can at least know what I’m aiming for. 🙂
What about you? What are your ideals? What’s your fantasy homeschool day, homemaking routine or personal schedule? Do you know it yet?