I am the first to admit, I’m not a morning person. I even get a bit irritable when my dogs insist that 4:30 a.m. is an appropriate time to start the day. During the week, I don’t need to leave the comfort of my bed until 5:30 a.m. and on the weekend, technically not until well after the sun has been up and its warm rays have set to work raising the outside temperature.
Yet, I seem to be following in my mother’s footsteps. I’m the first one up every day, typically have the most to do, figuring out schedules, planning my days, making sure everything gets accomplished. I think it’s safe to assume, many parents are doing exactly the same as me.
I’ve resigned myself to trying to take advantage of my early mornings. Typically, cleaning is out of the question, unless it’s wiping something down with an essential oil blend or sweeping. I want to keep the house as quiet as possible after all. I’m definitely not ready to deal with family, esp. before my coffee has fully reached my brain and kicked in.
While I do have a Facebook account, I’ve scaled way back on my usage and obsession with it. Now, I primarily utilize it for local sale boards and connecting with homeschool resources. My schedule being what it is, I don’t have the ability to join a homeschool co-op. Yet, the internet has allowed me to connect to some really great blogs that offer helpful information, provide validation or allows me to share my experiences with other homeschooling moms.
So this morning, after I finally got the dogs all settled after their morning routine, I sat down for a few minutes and read a couple homeschooling blogs. Found some really great articles that validated a few of the decisions I’ve made in regards to how I’ve been teaching my daughter. It may seem odd, but just knowing someone else isn’t giving weekly spelling tests is uplifting. I won’t go into the details of the article, yet, a simple connection can really mean a lot.
I love homeschooling my daughter even if it can bring me to the point of exhaustion and second-guessing myself at times. I fully believe I have made the right decision for her education. Every day, I find reasons that validate my decision and it really makes me feel good that I had the belief in myself to say, “you can do this”. While it’s not the right decision for everyone, and I meet people who can’t fathom the idea of not sending my child to school for 6+ hours a day, there are many of us who know we, as parents, are more than capable of being in charge of our child(ren)’s education.
So after my little online reading, I took a few moments to review my Kindle downloads. I love downloading free e-books. The only drawback is I forget how many I have downloaded and then forget to actually read them. I have some books on homeschooling, some on being frugal (a hobby of mine) and some on using essential oils (another hobby). I went through some crockpot recipes and made a shopping list.
My daughter and I will stop at a couple of stores after we come back from our walk in the park today. Another advantage to homeschooling is we can use the weekends to our advantage. Today is a field trip to the park. My daughter asked to bring her sketch pad to draw things that she finds interesting. We will be combining physical education, art, and science in just a few short hours.
This has just been one version of my early morning alone time. No two days are exactly the same. Sometimes, the early morning routine is dependent upon what I accomplish the night before. Either way, this is my time and I am trying to make the most of it.