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Top of the morning to you, Friends! Thank you for stopping by for another Tuesday tip from this new homeschooling mom! Today’s advice will be all about focus. Sometimes, it’s a lack thereof, but not today. No way! We are going to zoom right into why it is crucial to keep your focus as you’re homeschooling your little people.
We all have good intentions. Surely you don’t wake up in the morning with poor intentions. I couldn’t imagine what your day would hold. Yesterday, I woke up with a mind full of intentions. They were all good. I had plans to clean the house, make a delicious dinner, teach the littles, do the laundry, work on my side gig, etc. Most times, I even go to bed at night with thoughts for the next day. My brain never turns off. Never. I have ideas all day and night. But what happens when we lose our focus on these intentions? Let’s be honest. It happens.
Literally speaking, I’m not a fan of the snooze button. When my alarm goes off, it’s time to get up. In life though, it seems we sometimes (figuratively) continue to press our snooze button, putting things off for later, or the next day, and sometimes, never. This becomes a pattern and pretty soon, we’re in a hole that we’ve dug for ourselves. This is a nice place to visit sometimes, as we do need some breaks in our lives, however, I wouldn’t recommend building a home here. If pushed enough, the snooze button will stop working and you’ll be all out of reminders to get up and get moving toward those intentions.
I will be the first to admit that this homeschooling venture has not been the easiest to transition into. Do I love it? Of course! However, there have just been so many new things added into our new routine that it’s been difficult to keep track of. If you’ve ever watched a squirrel, you know they never stay in one spot for long. I seem to be mimicking the life of a young squirrel lately, going this way and that, losing sight of my focus: my darlings. They’re 4 and 8 and require my attention 24-7. I’ve been so sidetracked lately, chasing after nuts (as the squirrels do) that I feel as though they’re not getting my full attention.
Today when I woke up, my intentions were clear. I decided today was a day that would get back on track. When I am focused on the right things, and let the other things go, I feel so much better about what we’re doing at home. The kids and I have wonderful days. We learn all the time, sometimes together, sometimes one-on-one. When I am focused only on them and what will be covered for the day, we get so much accomplished! When you home school, it’s amazing the amount of information you can cover. My daughter has been getting ahead and it’s fun to watch her excitement as she learns to conquer her 3rd grade curriculum!
Distractions. Distractions present themselves on a daily basis around here. I’m sure it’s the same with you. Small things happen and alter our day in a matter of seconds. Bigger things come about and we need to learn to handle those as well. Have you ever sat down to teach and the phone rings? What about being in the middle of a lesson and your kiddo needs to use the bathroom? Hungry tummies call for snacks. You know exactly what I’m talking about here. We can’t be on top of everything. We must learn to go with the flow – WITHOUT LOSING FOCUS.
I know I don’t want to be a squirrel, but I don’t want to be a sloth, either. Follow me for just a little longer. My desire is to instill a solid foundation in my darlings. I cannot do that if I’m running from here to there, chasing crazy nuts! I want to be like that of an oak tree, running deep with firm roots and an unwavering sense of stability. By keeping my focus on them, I’ll be able to better accommodate their needs and wants in a kind and loving way.
A lot. When you focus on your littles, you realize every single second is important. You will realize that everything you’re trying to teach them becomes important. You will soon see the value in everything you do and say because they comprehend it all. They will become what we instill. Be a voice of reason and compassion. They will want to turn to you for advice down the road, and not run and hide things from you. There is so much benefit in just staying focused right now, on their education.
My apologies for even writing in such a way that is squirrel-like. I began comparing myself to a squirrel and ended up wanting to become a tree. I think you see my points, though. Squirrels do get things accomplished, which has been me for several weeks. I want to slow down a bit and focus on my two who deserve all of me, during these early, most impressionable years of their lives.
When you focus on the tasks of educating your little humans, you are making their day brighter. In turn, yours will be better as well. When the lessons are done for the day, then you are in a better mood to do other things from your list. You may even want to do other things with your kiddos! Go for a walk, head to the park, concoct a new recipe, or play a game! At the end of a focused day, everyone is happier!
When we focus on something, we make it clear. Things become easier and life seems less daunting at the moment. It’s taken me a few weeks to realize that things would run so much smoother if I maintained my focus. I’m back at it today and committing myself to remain focused on raising my darlings. Really, that’s what it all boils down to, don’t you agree? They deserve my best self, just as yours deserve you. Join me today and let’s focus on our little people. Let’s get rid of the nuts, or at least save them for a later time! Prioritize those intentions!
See! I just can’t resist! If you’re interested in one, if not the main nut I keep chasing, you may check it out here. (Just in case you’re out of nuts, I’ll share mine!) Leave me a comment about your focus, or lack thereof! We’re on this journey together!
Live Your Best Life,