Welcome back to the ABC’s of Homeschooling Series. I am thrilled to have you here. You can get caught up with us by going to THIS LINK.
Let’s face it, mom’s are the busiest people in the world. When you add homeschooling to the already long list of demands it is easy for a mom to become overwhelmed and frustrated. Dishes pile in the sink, floors go unkempt, lessons go un-taught, and the list goes on and on. Over the last few weeks my hubby and I have been trying to figure out a way to keep the insanity at bay. While I am a homeschooling mom I also run a full time business in the same room we do our lessons. The days are long my friends! Our plan was simple… the kids would help! But what does that look like?
5 Ways kids can help mom stay sane while homeschooling.
- Chores – I was “that mom.” You know her. The one who swears she will never pay her children to help around the house because it is the duty to help and they shouldn’t expect financial gain from pulling their weight. HA! I am so not her any more. I have started paying my children to do chores around the house. S (who is 9) is responsible for seeing to it that the kitchen is tidy each day. That means the dishes are washed, dried, and put away. The floors are swept and mopped should they need to be. N (who is 7) helps clean bathroom counters, sinks, and takes out the bathroom trash. He also has the horrible task of sudsing up a rag while in the bath and cleaning it. He LOVES that chore. We also expect him to keep the trash up and out of the living room. Both are expected to keep bedrooms tidy and beds made. Really it isn’t a lot but it is a load off of me. Here are some age appropriate chores for your children.
- Independent Work – If your children are old enough to read they are old enough to start doing some independent work. Prep handwriting, reading, and math drills the night before and let them work on them while you get other things done. You won’t believe how much time this will free up for you.
- Meal Prep – My 9 year old LOVES helping in the kitchen. She is able to help with basic meals: sandwiches, salads, mac and cheese, eggs, and things like that. I do not give her free reign in the kitchen. She is always supervised when doing a task that required heat or sharp utensils. Allowing her some freedom in the kitchen is not only freeing me from a mundane task but preparing her to be a wife and mother some day. Score!
- Help younger siblings – If you have pre-teens and teens they are plenty capable of helping you with younger students. They can help them with reading, math, and other basic lessons that they have mastered. Not only will it give them one-on-one time with their siblings it will help the older child build confidence in the skill they are helping with and will teach the younger sibling that they don’t always have to come to mom when they need help.
- Quiet Time – Quiet time is the new black, haven’t you heard? In all seriousness, it is important to have some quiet in your day not only for your sanity but for your children. Set aside one hour a day that the entire house should be quiet. If you have children under 2 this may not be workable, but you should at least try. Your children can go play quietly in their rooms, take a nap, read a book, play a board game, anything to help them reset and refocus. You won’t regret this hour in your day.