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Self-Care for Homeschooling Moms
No matter how much of a homeschooling pro you are, you need to take time for self-care. Balancing the responsibility of being a mom and an educator is difficult, so it’s important to make time for activities you enjoy.
Prioritizing self-care is key for sustainable and effective homeschooling. By integrating self-care into your homeschooling routine, you are building long-term self-care habits. These habits prevent burnout and keep you motivated to work with your kids every day.
Set an Example
If you have trouble justifying self-care time for yourself, take this as an opportunity to be a model for your children. Set time in their schedule where you both can do an independent activity that you enjoy. Think of it like parallel play but for self-care.
This can happen during reading time for older kids or during craft time for younger ones. It gives you some quiet time and can help show your children the importance of self-care.
Getting outside is a tip that works great if you need to find a way to make your self-care productive for schooling. There are so many opportunities for learning outdoors and valuable ways to get hands-on with science.
If you enjoy gardening, getting your kids involved is a fantastic way to model the plant life cycle. You can set up mini-experiments where your child grows seeds under different light and water conditions so that they can observe how these variables affect plant growth.
Another great option is to take a nature walk. There are several activities that you can integrate into your walk to make it educational. You can scout a spot to read or do some journaling.
You can also turn a nature walk into a sensory walk. Encourage your kids to listen and watch for different plants or animals. Taste will have to sit out this sensory walk.
But with careful supervision, they can touch some plants and observe their texture. Just watch out for plants like poison ivy. You can repeat walks like this to observe seasonal changes as well.
Learn Something New
There’s no motivation for learning a new skill like the need to teach it to someone else. Think about a topic you’d like to dive deep on and work it into your children’s curriculum for motivation to get your research going.
Alternatively, you can provide your child with the opportunity to do their project on a topic of interest. Budget time for both of you to get learning, and then you can present your new knowledge to each other.
Self-care is the first line of defense for busy homeschooling moms, but it’s so hard to find the time for it. Finding ways to work self-care into your routine provides you with the tools to be the best mom and home educator that you can be.
Check out the infographic below for more ways to invest in your wellbeing with self-care.