Did you take a vacation this summer?
Or did you just declare “summer vacation” and spend it researching your curriculum for the upcoming year?
That’s where we homeschool mommas get into trouble.
All of that planning and strategizing, all the research, websites, and catalogs… that all takes time. And brainpower. And yes, energy.
If you have known me for more than 2-3 years, you know that I used to spend every summer researching and planning for the upcoming year. I lived and breathed curriculum, planning, and catalogs. I know that of which I speak!
A couple years ago I realized how futile all the planning and researching was.
I wasted my summers—yes, I said wasted—on something which really didn’t take long to figure out at all. By the time school began, I was excited about all of MY research come to fruition, but burned out quickly because I never took a break. I never had that vacation time off. I needed a rest!
The past few years we have taken summer vacation. In the spring, I looked ahead and made some tentative plans for purchases. When summer rolled around, I rested. I gave myself that time OFF. Have you done that?
Have you given yourself permission to just REST?
Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt.11:30
Has planning for your new homeschool year become such a project that it kept you from that rest that you need? If so, then you took on a burden that wasn’t yours to take.
I’m going to ask you to something daring. Right now.
If you did not get the rested, time off that you should have taken this summer:
Declare this week the last week of summer, rather than the first week of school. Gather your kids and go on a picnic. Go to the lake while it’s still warm out (and there’s no one there!) and swim with your kids. Go to coffee and catch up with some girlfriends. Have late breakfasts and impromptu s’mores late at night and just BE.
The following week, when your brain is sufficiently cleared of the homeschool cobwebs, you will be much more ready to begin, fresh and new, to begin your homeschool year.
Next summer, set a time limit to your planning and give yourself at least a solid month of vacation time, preferably at the end of the summer.