Oh Mama, Take a Break!

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Oh Mama, When Was The Last Time You Took A Break?

Oh' Mama!

Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. If you have been homeschooling for even a minute you have, by now, figured this out.

Can I get an Amen?!

It can often be compared to a full-time job.  I agree with this and disagree with this. It definitely takes up most of your time. There’s planning, going on play dates, co-op dates, sports , music lessons, and let’s not forget the most important…teaching. {I don’t do all of these…there’s no time and I value my sanity!}

I consider a lot of our mommy jobs to be a part of our homeschooling. Partly because I believe learning happens all the time. Not just when you’re teaching. And, in part, because we use our homes for more than just a home when we homeschool.


Before I was a stay-at-home mama, I worked full time. I don’t ever remember my full-time job taking up the same amount of time. I left that job there at the end of the day.
This takes on a whole new meaning of full-time! This isn’t just because I’m a homeschooler, it’s because I’m a Mom.

Now my job never ends.

There are days and even weeks that seem non-stop. That’s non-stop physical activity and non-stop mental strain. It’s the mental that usually gets me and tires me out.

With the many hats we moms wear we sometimes have to just take a break.

You have just come off a busy week and now your weekend is full as well. The weekend flies by and the following week starts and you’re back to it all over again. Without taking just a moment to relax. You feel like you really need just a few hours, an afternoon, or even a whole day to escape from the vortex you are in. What do you do?


Well, you take that break!

Yes, it’s a school day. Yes, your kids need teaching and guidance. Yes, you are scheduled to do school that day (trust me, your kids that are used to schedules and routines will remind you of this). Yes, the house {always} needs your attention.

I say take that break. You deserve it, Mama!

This may seem like a far stretch of an excuse, but I’m sticking by it. The way I see it, public school gets their unexpected ‘weather’ days, such as hurricane days, snow days, and even teacher planning days. I say you take that break and call it your teacher planning day. You will be planning….. planning not to lose your sanity!  

So, no matter what you want to call it… a hurricane day… a snow day… a planning day… or even an I-dunn-o day. Take that break! Let your kids play with their toys or put on an educational video, let them sit in laundry hampers and pretend they are at the movies.

Put on your ‘comfy pants’ and binge watch your favorite TV show or get involved in a good book. If it makes you feel better, than have a make-up day at a later time. It’s alright. Don’t feel guilty. You deserve it!

Mom guilt

We have to take a few moments to our selves from time to time. I found this out the hard way. When our kids were really young I never let them out of my sight. I never left them with anyone and I never went anywhere without them. A good friend of mine used to tell me that I needed to get back to me and take time for myself. I had this terrible ‘mommy guilt’ that I built up. Giving them the most of me that I could. I’m not sure why I led myself to feel this way, but I did.

I realize now that if I have that anxious feeling I take a break. I reflect and unwind my brain. Like I said earlier, sometimes I just need a few hours to clear my head. Sometimes it’s a whole day.

If you feel like you must have your kids do school that day then have some fun but educational things for them to do. Without you. You can plan these things ahead of time and stash them away for these days.

I have printed mazes, word finds, coloring pages, color-by-number, or other educational worksheets like labeling insects, etc. They can play games, or make animals out of play dough, paint, or whatever they are into. These are just suggestions. You know your family and your limits.

So… Take a break, reflect , relax, & chill!


Would you play hooky for a day?




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1 Comment

  1. Amanda writes:

    Amen!! I think my trouble is that I take many, “cheat days.” You know, days that you only get half a lesson plan done, or none at all because your MIL needs you to take her to the tire repair shop, or a friend with one 4 year old wants to get together, you HAVE to can these green beans or they’re going to go bad; or you know, you need to grocery shop! To take a day JUST FOR ME seems like too much of an indulgence. But sometimes I just put them in front of a nature documentary and take a nap, so I guess that about the same thing. lol.

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