I’m going to be honest – I was hesitant to share my Homeschool Day in the Life post this year. In fact, Jamie was even kind enough to bump it a week for me (thank goodness for Purva!), because I was feeling so darn shaky.
My post felt so negative the first time I wrote it.
I had been in a lot of pain, and The Februaries were getting to me. Everything felt dark, and just a little hopeless, and I definitely didn’t feel like I was nailing this homeschooling business.
Like I talked about earlier this week, things are shifting here. I have big kids – 10, and 13 next week.
So I see the picture books and the Pinterest ideas and I think, “I want to do that!” but I no longer have little ones.
Most of the time I’m OK with that, but dealing with pain and darkness made it not feel like that, you know?
But an extra week gave me a bit of confidence back. And I was reminded of the idea of tidal schooling, which pretty much embraces that we don’t always have the perfect project or the perfect book, and that’s OK. Sometimes, we need to sort of save up a little energy to hit things hard again soon.
The difference comes when it’s intentional. When it’s a choice.
The truth is, we don’t always have choices in this life – people get sick, cars break down, pets puke on the rug, marriages hit hard spots and kids grow and change faster than we can keep up.
So sometimes what we need most is to step back for a minute, to recognize what kind of wave is coming at us, instead of trying again and again to stand up on the surfboard.
(That reminds me of this book which I am reading now – you really, really need it.)
And so, I shared another imperfect day this year, and I feel pretty OK about it.
It helps because so many of you are kind enough to share your imperfect days too. We’re in this together, right?!
Speaking of which, if you need a few resources to help you get through the next few weeks and maybe even get a well-deserved deep breath, my Day in the Life post is packed with them! I hope they help!
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