• Cathryn Remmington

Home Education.... Aggghhh!

Updated: Sep 17, 2020

So I know that I am not alone when I say that home educating your kids SUCKS! It's so hard to find the time to juggle it all, let alone what comes with having the kids at home ALL the time, and add in to the mix that we're also supposed to be putting teachers hats on too! Simply having to whip up and extra meal in the day for all of my family sometimes pushes me close to the edge! Gone are the days where you would grab a bite on the way to somewhere, because you were running around doing other stuff... now, we have to stick to a routine of lunch every day at 12pm, and make it for everyone in the house! I have always had a huge respect for teachers, and now as I find myself becoming psycho mum far too often and having to check myself as to whether I am practicing what I preach, I find myself even more in awe of their patience and I only have two, not a classroom full.

I did at the very beginning of all of this, have a vision of us as a family acing the home education, a slightly tainted one it seems, a little Mary Poppins like was what I had imagined, and that first week writing a complex timetable of all the subjects they would cover was one of the toughest weeks of my life so far! Needless to say that for both them and us (well mainly us initially) that timetable was doused in petrol and set alight and replaced with a more simplified version.

Since then we seem to have got a balance, we start the days with some yoga. On a good day it's a calming way to start, on a not so good day it ends up with my son loving it and my daughter climbing the walls, whilst I try every technique to get her to participate from nice talk to bribery! We then move on to the academic stuff... which again, back in the early lock down days started well, setting out and completing the activities the school had sent. We now also take this day by day, again dependant on how 'wall climby' they are, it could just wind up in us watching an educational programme or baking a cake. Then is my favourite time... Free Play! A time where they go up and play together with their toys, sometimes we join in with them, sometimes it's simply a cup of tea and feet up moment! After lunch is a dog walk, which is sometimes welcomed, sometimes screamed and cried about and often it's bribed to coax in to (and thats just us!) Back from that we established the concept of 'Imagination Time' a time where they must create something, like lego or plasticine or a drawing, and they must do it on their own... giving them much needed time apart from each other (and peace when they aren't at each others throats) As a last bit of the day we do some 'Mind Education' so we talk about kindness, about our emotions, read a good book together to create calm, meditate or think about things that we're good at, compliment each other, to help bring that positive focus back. This is our schedule, and it is working for us (kind of... most of the time). If you're struggling to find yours feel free to use what you like from ours. I've put a YouTube video together specifically about this if you click on the link here you'll find it. https://youtu.be/DwFud-YK3_k In all seriousness though - remember to stop putting the pressure on yourself - you're not super human, but you are doing an amazing job! And if all else fails - crack open the vino... it's 5pm somewhere!

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