Thursday, September 04, 2008

Homeschool Tip: Life Happens, Don't Get Upset

It has been challenging for us to get going with our homeschooling as much as I would like due to my husband's father being very ill. This is a difficult and stressful time for all of us. Homeschool moms more experienced and much wiser than me have warned me to look at all of life as learning opportunities, even the difficult times.

We are all looking forward to getting back on our regular homeschooling schedule. It seems that a regular schedule works best for all of us.

Please pray for us.


Homeschooling Coach said...

You've been tagged!

I was tagged for this meme by Little Cottage School on the Prairie. The rules are stated below:

1. Link the person who tagged you.
2. Mention the rules on your blog.
3. Tell about 6 unspectacular quirks you possess.
4. Tag 6 following bloggers by linking them.
5. Leave a comment on each of the tagged blogger’s blogs letting them know they’ve been tagged.

My six quirks:

1. My first quirk is that I am very particular about the way my sheets and blankets are kept on my bed. They have to be straight and covering the bed just right. If they are askew or upside down or inside out, I just can't sleep. I insist that my hubby and I fix the bedding so it is just right every night. Mind you I don't make my bed every day. I suppose making the bed might fix the bedding issue at night, but our mornings are so crazy that it seems impossible to find the time to make the bed. I guess that for now we make the bed before we go to bed. Yes, I agree that it is silly!

2. Another quirk of mine is that I have to have coffee every morning. It has gotten to the point that I cannot skip a morning because I get a headache. That being said, I am very picky about my coffee. I like it strong. I prefer particular brands like Peet's or Starbucks. These days, though, we are a little more budget minded so I also like Trader Joe's Colombian and French Roast coffee.

3. I am a choco-holic! There is no question about it. Not a day goes by that I miss out on eating some divine chocolate. I love super dark chocolate, and it is even better with peanut butter. Mmm..I am imagining taking a bite right now! I gave chocolate up for Lent this year, and I was so miserable. Boy did I pray during those 40 days!

4. I am a recovering perfectionist. It's not worth doing something if you are not going to do it right, and my way is the best way to do it. I am desperately trying to let go of this idea, but even when I am refraining from taking over to do something the "right" way, I am biting my tongue and thinking about how I really do know the answers. Alas, I am trying to find the perfect way to recover from my perfectionism...

5. I need a schedule. I don't mean that it is nice to have a schedule or that it helps me stay on target. I mean that I am completely lost and out of sorts without a schedule. Mind you that the schedule is flexible when the need arises, but things have to happen at roughly the same time every day. My inner clock knows when it is time to eat, get dressed, nap, and the like. I fall apart when I do not follow my schedule, and my kids do, too.

6. I am not the most diligent housekeeper, but I insist on having the kitchen clean. I mean as clean as I can get it with two small children, a dog, and a husband in the house! I want the counters clean and the table washed. Sweeping is a must. What really drives me nuts is finding remnants of food left in the sink waiting to go down the garbage disposal. Why is it waiting anyway?

There, now you know a lot more useless information about me.

Next I need to tag six people to follow suit and post about their quirks.

1. Carolyn Morrison
2. Candy Cook
3. Jules
4. Victoria
5. Shannon
6. Patchwork Cottage

Melissa's Homeschool Journal said...

Praying for your family - I'm fairly new to homeschooling and still trying to get in the habit of a schedule.