For the past two months I have home schooled Harmonie in our dark dining room of our little apartment because we really couldn’t go anywhere else. We did have school in Barnes and Noble once, that was actually a really good day. Now that we have our car working in tip top shape I’ve decided we need to get out of our little cabin and get out in the world and the sun.
On Tuesday we went to the bay, which is my happy place, and held school there. We both walked onto the sand and at the same time we both said, “Home Sweet Home,” then we both started laughing. We got set up and sat down to get started. I would love to tell you that Harmonie and I sat and got all of our schoolwork done in a quick amount of time because she was sooooooo focused, but sadly I can not.
I couldn’t get that kid to stay focused for longer than five to ten minutes at a time. She was so excited about finally being back at the bay she couldn’t contain herself. She was in the sand playing and watching the boats and birds go by. It was maddening.
The bay is the one place I go to regroup and find my center. It is the one place outside of my shower that relaxes me. I was no where near relaxed. I was so frustrated that she would not focus and get her work done that I couldn’t relax.
I’m beginning to realize that I am a high strung single mom. I have so many pressures on me I think it carries over into everything I do. I want my child to be happy, well rounded, well educated, Godly and respectful. I want to provide the world for her and give it to her in tiny pieces so she doesn’t develop a big head. I need to build my businesses up so that I can provide the world for her and move us out of our tiny apartment into a more suitable home.
I am so well trained in following the rules and doing the right thing. I find it so very hard to color outside of the lines. It always feels wrong to do so. I need to learn how to let go of the conventional way that things are done and relax. There is really more than one way to skin a cat as they say. My child is a highly energetic, intelligent and funny. She is also stubborn, head strong and much like her mother……constantly trying to be in control. It is those traits that make us bump heads.
How do I lighten up and become the home school mom that all of you fabulous mothers and fathers are? If it is so important to make sure that our children get all the education we can possibly give them, how do we decipher what’s to much and what is enough? Hmmmmm!!!
I like to start with our environment. Home school at the park, at the bay, Barnes and Nobles and the library for starters. I think that new environments can help. Next I need to find out what is just enough. To much work makes Harmonie shut down but I want to make sure she gets enough to really know the material.
What do you think about changing up your environments? Where do you teach school regularly? Do you ever take school on the go and teach somewhere other than the car and home? How much is to much and what is just enough? Let’s talk! I would love to hear your thoughts.