A note from Jamie: My family moved to a new house and town over the weekend, so the only school currently on our minds is the school of life (the most important one, after all). Enjoy this replay from last October while I unpack boxes and get settled. I’ll be back next week to share my biggest homeschooling mistake.
Ever have one of “those days?” I bet I’m not the only one! In spite of our best intentions, not every day of our homeschooling life will end up winning us Teacher of the Year.
You’ve probably spent a significant amount of time brainstorming and planning how the school day will flow in your home. You may have even created a flexible schedule of the order in which you’ll tackle specific subjects.
Maybe it looks something like this:
- Reading/Phonics together on couch
- Math with Suzie; Jim works on Language Arts
- Math with Jim; Suzie works on Language Arts
- Spelling together
- Prepare for lunch
But what about the day when you find yourself sick with a cold? Or your child woke you up three times last night and you feel as though you’ve been run over by a truck?
How about the day when Suzie declares, “I hate math” and Jim declares “I hate Suzie!”?
What to Do on a Bad Day
Of course you could lock yourself in the bathroom for a few moments–as I’ve written previously, that’s a technique I implement on occasion. But let’s face it, one cannot spend one’s entire day in one’s bathroom!
In a case like this, a bad day routine just might be your saving grace. By taking time to develop it before a crisis develops, you’ll have a plan in place to rescue you from utter despair on days that just do. not. go. according to plan.
For the mother of Suzie and Jim, a bad day routine might look like this:
- Snuggle on couch reading novel to kids
- Play a board game
- Watch a historical documentary together
- Bake some bread for lunch
Ahh, don’t you feel better already?!
Sir James Dewer, a British scientist, once said, “Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open.” A stressed, tense mind is a closed mind, but with a gentle change in direction on a bad day we can help our children’s minds open once more.
Let’s hear from you–what are your strategies for turning a bad day around?