By Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool
So I don’t know if you guys have noticed, but kids can be LOUD.
Like REALLY loud.
Happy loud sometimes. Unhappy loud at others.
And when you get lots of them together? VERY loud!
Confession: I don’t particularly care for loud.
I also tend to be an all-or-nothing person, which shows in the fact that my husband Steve and I added three kids to our family in less than three years. Less than two years separate them in age–and even less separate them developmentally.
After our daughter Trishna joined our family, we had a four, three, and two-year-old. Suddenly, a good portion of my life was loud. And though I was no fortune teller, I was smart enough to guess that I had a decade, give or take, of more loud coming my way.
Some people handle loud just fine. I’m not one of them.
Back in 2007 when I was adjusting to my new life as a mom of three, I didn’t yet know that I was a highly sensitive person as well as an introvert. Looking back with that knowledge, it makes perfect sense that I would find life’s sudden, uncontrollable volume overwhelming.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and I knew I had to make life at home at least a little quieter if I was going to survive it, as well as add homeschooling to the mix.
A parent’s desperation–I think that’s how some of the best life hacks have been invented over the years!
My own conundrum led to an idea. One that’s gone on to save my sanity and allow me to continue homeschooling for eight years and counting.