Asalamu’alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu,
it feels like it’s been sooo long since I’ve written a blog post! I’ve been so busy fine tuning the How to Homeschool Multiple Kids course, and just generally been busy, I haven’t blogged for what seems like ages.
But since leaving social media, I feel so much more encouraged to come back to my tiny drop in the ocean, and write, and write some more. I’ve always loved writing about homeschooling here, more than being on social media, because I feel like I can support my sisters, and encourage one another (including myself), without all the pressures that social media brings along. There are also no pesky caption limits (yay!).
So it’s around this time of the year, lots of mothers can begin to suffer from mid-year fatigue (which is totally understandable), and also loss of enthusiasm. You and the kids might just be feeling a little underwhelmed and not as encouraged as maybe you were at the start of the year.
And so you might not want to homeschool that day. But what happens when that day turns into a few days, and though you’ve rested, and feel physically refreshed, you still cant get yourself out of that homeschool ‘slump’.
You don’t want to look at your planner…
Or correct that writing assignment you’ve been putting off for so long.
You just don’t.
But sometimes, it isn’t actually homeschool in itself we’re avoiding. Really, it might not be.
In fact, you might not have lost interest in homeschooling at all, though it might feel that way. Instead, you just might be feeling lost.
Lost in the pressure to constantly set up activities.
Lost in trying to make it all ‘fun’.
Lost in trying to fit it all in, though so many things just seem irrelevant.
See – you haven’t lost interest, but maybe you’ve just lost your way. It happens to many of us. We start off with this clear vision and direction in our homeschool only to succumb to the pressure and add bits and bobs to our schedule only instead of feeling fulfilled, we begin to feel pulled in all directions.
But remind yourself, that even that thing that’s a core in the homeschool community, does NOT have to be a core in your homeschool. You don’t always need it. And actually, it will probably take more things away than add anything of real benefit if you’re not careful.
Yet, when we fill up our homeschool with the things that matter to us, it’s less likely that we will lose enthusiasm, and even if we do, it’s much easier to get motivated again in sha Allah.
So even if you are tired, you will in sha Allah still wake up and start your day off with Qur’an because you know just how important it is for not just your children but for you.
You might feel a little run down but you’re equally as eager to continue on with seerah.
It’s tough to get out of bed that chilly winter morning, but you know that one step out of bed, is one step closer to you learning Arabic and so understanding the book of Allah.
You see, straight away it becomes much more than what needs to get done,
but more what is filling YOUR NEEDS so you want to get it done.
So if you’re feeling like you’re stuck in a slump – go back to the drawing board. Assess what is that you’re filling your time with, and ask yourself if this is worth your time and energy or is is draining you with little to no benefit.
Share your thoughts below. What advice would you give to a mother who feels like she’s stuck in a slump?
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