Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom
Lean in closer, let me share a secret:
I don’t clean too much anymore…and I love it.
Why am I whispering? Well, I guess it doesn’t feel proper for a busy homeschooling mama to admit something like this.
Over five years ago, while reading one of the books that has become a foundational part of our homeschool, Leadership Education: The Phases of Learning, I came across this quote:
“A significant part of Love of Learning Phase is to learn to work like an adult, thus many responsibilities can be given to Love of Learners. Still, Love of Learners need to be trained to do jobs well, so we recommend that Mom be released from any cleaning and instead be given a training and supervisory role only.” (page 121)
As my kids were ages five, four, and three at the time, I’m pretty sure I snorted at this impossible and lofty way-too-far-in-the-distance aim that seemed unlikely to ever appear on my messy home horizon.
But now Trishna is 11, Jonathan turns ten on Labor Day, and Elijah is nine. Life looks different around here–far from perfect, mind you–but definitely different. And one variation is the amount of time I spend cleaning.
Looking back, I can see we went through the following phases of cleaning to reach where we are now.