Are you exhausted, juggling educating the children, keeping those same children entertained, cooking endless meals with limited ingredients, and trying to find toilet paper?
Are you anxious and feeling cooped up, realizing that social distancing is going to last a while—and uneasy because nobody really knows when things will get back to normal?
Here’s a word of wisdom for all of us who aren’t used to homeschooling: You’re not actually homeschooling. You’re schooling at home.
(There’s a difference.)
And if you’re feeling extra stressed, there’s a reason.
When I read something like, “It’s great that you homeschool so this pandemic is not having much of an effect on your family,” I have to restrain myself from a curt response.
I probably should respond, “We’re definitely blessed that educating our children at home is not new to us. But our daily lives, like everyone else’s, have been significantly disrupted due to not seeing friends, participating in our usual activities, or even leaving the house.”
Because it’s the truth: homeschoolers are lonely and stressed—just like everyone else.
Our family is praying for those who are sick and vulnerable. We’re praying for those who care for the sick, as they are experiencing terrible suffering.
It’s also essential to acknowledge that everyone in our country is impacted in some way. Everyone can be struggling, including long-time homeschoolers.
As the weeks drag on, this stay at home thing is getting old!
Intellectually, we know that we’re staying home for the common good. We want to protect the vulnerable, our neighbors, and our family members from the virus.
But emotionally, many of us are feeling trapped. As a mom, we get the privilege of helping everyone cope with big feelings.
It’s going to be okay. Though we weren’t able to meet together on Easter, all year round, we are an Easter people—and the victory is already won!
By “keeping the long view” and trusting in the Lord, He will comfort us.
We can make some practical changes, too, to make life easier.
Here are some considerations that can go a long way to keeping home life more peaceful during this time.
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