The hardest part of homeschooling for me is not getting enough rest/breaks/”me time”/time alone/time to get my ducks in a row. I love it. Don’t get me wrong. But we all need and deserve some down time. After my second son was born two years ago (see photo above), the time I got to myself decreased dramatically. As an introvert, I really need time alone to recharge, yet I have surprised myself at how I can thrive with such little time to myself. I think this is because I love my job. I love my boys, and I love being with them most of the time….but that still doesn’t take away the need to have a break sometimes.
I can get tired, cranky, and I can yell. Sigh. I’m not perfect.
I knew that I couldn’t be alone in this, so I put out a message on one of the homeschooling e-mail lists I belong to, and I asked other moms to share with me how they do it. Do they get any free time? Do they hire someone? Do they suffer through it? Or maybe I am just a selfish mama?
Thankfully, there are others like me who need their “me time.” And they allowed me to share their comments in the latest column I wrote for The Barrow Journal. I hope you’ll click here to read it and then come back and tell me how YOU do it.