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Have you ever wished you were born with a button? Wait! You were! A belly button! Unfortunately, that’s not the button I’m referring to. The button I wish I had would be easily accessible. I could push it when everything in life just seemed overwhelming and would grant me some much-needed patience. A touch of that button and voila! Calm. Patient. Stress and worry free! Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? A patience button! (A pause button sounds plausible, but let’s talk about patience.)
My lack of patience, that is. It must be a part of my DNA. All of my friends and family would join together and admit that I am not a very patient person. Sure, there are things I’m willing to wait for, but it’s only because I have to. For example, you can’t speed up the birth of a baby, you can’t drive faster than the speed limit, you can’t skip ahead in the WalMart checkout line, and you certainly can’t wish your days away, or make a house build and maintain itself. There are more examples, of course, and these things just can’t be changed.
With the background I have in education, I know that each child learns not only at a different pace but also in different styles. My darlings are no exception. I’ve written about this topic here. Every day has not been a bed of roses in this homeschooling house. I’m not going to lie. The boy, who is four, has obviously had no problem learning from the example his sister, eight, sets forth. Sometimes this is a good thing. She can be a wonderful influence on him. Other times, her negative influence has the two of them against me in the attitude department. Don’t get me wrong; they’re both great kids. Nine out of 10 days, we’ve got things rolling at a pretty decent speed and accomplish much. It’s that one day in the mix that throws me into a tailspin. Sometimes, it’s a tug-of-war. I’m thankful that I’m still a little stronger (literally and figuratively) than they are. For now.
Our morning routine is pretty solid. We get up and send dad off to school. The kids and I relax in the living room and we often read a book or five. (We love books in this house.) After breakfast, we get busy with school. When the girl is at her best, she is extremely focused and on task, completing her work. This encourages the boy, who oftentimes doesn’t want to sit still. I have some incentives in place, and this normally works. However, there have been days, more like times, actually, where the eldest just isn’t having the school work for the day. Who catches on and follows suit? You guessed it. Now I’m on an island, fighting a losing battle. My patience runs thin during these times, but thankfully, we work through it.
You’ve heard that saying. When we started this homeschooling journey, I had no idea what to expect. I knew we would have good days. I knew there would be bad moments. What I’ve also learned is that my kiddos still need to understand that we are schooling, and education must happen, despite their best efforts to deter my day’s plan for them. I’ve been persistent in our schedule and their learning. Oh, I’m sure we could be doing things differently or better, but it is working for us, and we are making progress. The boy is learning to read sight words, and it’s exciting, even when he doesn’t think so! The girl is well on her way to mastering long division and chapter books, and this thrills me! But – being persistent with a plan and schedule is still completely necessary.
The mornings have flown by. We’re all up early; no one likes to sleep around here! Having said that, by lunchtime, I’m usually left wondering where the morning has disappeared to. We’ve gotten the bulk of the learning done, but the afternoon leaves us time to experiment, play, and finish up some loose ends. By the time the mister gets home, I’m ready for a break. What’re my means to escape?
My “Me” Time
After dinner, cleanup, and on the weekend, I get to indulge in something that helps keep me grounded. This time consists of a quiet atmosphere, some coffee, and my laptop. If you’ve been following our journey, you know I’ve been tapping into some ideas to make some side money to help our family financially. I searched every avenue and am happy that I have found an answer.
The options out there are endless, and if you’ve done your own research, you know that. You are also very aware of the games some companies play. You don’t know who or what you can trust with the insane number of scams out there. Put money here. Pay for this. Toss your money this way, etc. You know how it goes. Pretty soon, you’re down-and-out and wondering where your money went and you have nothing to show for it. Have you been there? It’s a losing battle until you can find something that works for you. I am here to tell you that there is a solution, and I am more than happy to share it with you.
I quit wasting my time on taking surveys. No longer did I find value in transcription jobs that wasted so much of my time. Gone are the days of searching for virtual assistant or editing work. These were all just small games that I’d like to say I won – for having walked away. In an attempt to add to our income, I turned down a road with a sign labeled “Affiliate Marketing”. I recently wrote this post defining the steps I took that have led to my baby-step success.
How, you might be wondering, does this new gig help my elevated stress and anxiety levels? Well, once you check it out, you’ll know firsthand. I’ll give you a little nugget, though. The platform I’m a part of has this amazing community full of people just like you and me. People from all over the world are looking to become successful through affiliate marketing. With the engagement from the website’s creators, the tech team, the experts, and other creative geniuses who are members, I have an outlet. I can reach out to my friends and we all work together to better our online business adventures. Some of my new friends have been marketing online for years, while others are new. It’s a wonderful mix of fine, like-minded folks! They encourage and inspire, and we’re traveling the path together.
If you’re looking for your own fool-proof way to begin your own online business, please do check out my above link. It is guaranteed – not a scam! I’ve researched for months and can attest to the legitimacy of this program. I’ve never experienced any learning platform like it. I have learned so much and am confident that you can, too! For a free week’s preview, click on the image below. Leave your questions or comments in the space below. I would love to walk beside you on this journey! It’s an amazing one!
(My Patience Button!)
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