Take the rest of the week off of schooling -- except to get them to help with the cooking and cleaning.Happy2BMotherof3 wrote:First of all I just want to say that I've really been enjoying the MFW curriculum's (MFW 1st, Adventures). They are a perfect fit for our family. They have everything we need.
The reason I began homeschooling was because I felt as though it was God's will. Now I'm beginning to really wonder if it is or not. Lately I've just been sooo overwhelmed with homeschooling and trying to keep this house cleaned. Our house has been especially lately a terrible mess.....insulate, resheetrock......mud the walls.....paint, etc. I'm not enjoying my kids, I'm constantly having to discipline them, they just want to play and not clean up after themselves (and complain and blame another child when told to do so). My son tends to complain when we do things other than mfw. All of these things have made me just not enjoy homeschooling and tempted to put them in ps. Today has been a bad day. Seems like I have more of those instead of good. Has anyone gone through this and survived? lol.......what have you done?
I just read this post and thought "get the web cam out of my house please!"
2 weeks ago, I whined to my hubby, "Watch them. I'm going to clean. I may not come up for air." They were exiled from the basement. They were exiled from the main level! The nice thing is that I got dad involved.
Most nights we now go through a 15 minute drill. You'd think that after 16 years of marriage and 11 years of parenting, I would have figured this one out. I had to ask my husband to help each night. I'm not one of these who can clean before he is home. And thankfully he is not one who needs to have it in great shape. (thanks dear!) Now, we have about 3 or 4 of us helping to clean. The youngest sometimes can help --- but developmentally, it just isn't there yet.
Our kids do better with cleaning when we are right there with them in the same room doing the cleaning. Our oldest focuses on a speck of dirt to be picked up, but honestly doesn't see the dirty clothes. We have to gently always say, "Get the sock, under the bed."
Oh, another thing that has helped me a lot is having one room that is quick to clean that I can just "escape" to and sit. No toys are allowed in, no school work. Just me and a cup o tea and a little devotional book.
Here is something that my MIL has observed about my house: you have young children and you live in your house as well school there. I love visiting here --- my grandchildren are learning lots of good stuff. Keep up the good work. And remember -- you never saw my house before the youngest was 15.
Something my hubby said when I was really ready to put them all on a bus: it will take you 3 hours on one day to clean the house with them out of the way. And not nearly as much time to maintain it when they don't live in here 24/7. So, once the house is clean, then what are you going do all day?
hoping something in that rambling mess of mine brings some encouragement --- even if it doesn't bring a solution.