There are many learning experiences that come along when homeschooling multiple kids. Sure parenthood is hard enough without taking into consideration the fact that you have more than one kid. Life can be hectic and difficult at times, especially when you are staying home and homeschooling them. With that being said, there are ways you can keep your sanity while homeschooling multiple kids. Read on to learn some tips on how to stay sane while homeschooling multiple kids.
How to Stay Sane while Homeschooling Multiple Kids
Six years ago, I had only one child. I look back on that time, thinking I had my hands full with just one! When she turned five, we had our second child, and then two years later, our third. While they have been the biggest joys and blessings in my life, I can say that I have had to learn how to manage my time, prioritize tasks, and multi-task like a boss. Homeschooling all three of them was crazy at first, and took some time for me to get into the groove. The following tips will help you when you are homeschooling multiple children. You CAN keep your sanity, I promise!
Know What’s Coming at Each Age
Educate yourself. Every age of childhood has certain behaviors that parents may think are not normal. When you take the time to study each stage of your multiple kids, such as what is common behavior at that stage, you tend to be more patient and forgiving. You also know what you can reasonably expect them to be able to do as far as their schoolwork tasks. Do a little web-searching, and gain some first-hand research of what you can expect when each of your multiple kids reaching each stage. Being prepared for the varying behaviors and abilities at each age of development will help you to remain proactive in this homeschooling journey.
Place Value on Experiences
Natural consequences are often the best teachers. You don’t always have to punish, but can allow experiences to provide opportunities to train your child. When you stop punishing and start making each mishap a learning experience, your kids will learn quicker and be less apt to drive you to the brink of insanity. Kids don’t usually do well when they are punished more than taught. It’s your job to maintain a level of positivity in the home. Place more value on experiences rather than punishment by discussing bad decisions or behavior with your kids. Let them tell you how they could have handled the situation better or what they can do to try to not behave in such a way next time. When you place value on experiences with your multiple kids, the positivity radiates and in turn, you stay sane.
Take Time for You
You need to also learn how to take time for YOU. This may be more difficult when your children are younger, but there is a way to make sure this time happens. Do something that you enjoy every day, perhaps curling up to read a book in a completely quiet room or taking a long bubble bath to calm the body and nerves. Each day, do something that allows you to take time for yourself and relax. When you are relaxed after a long day, the next morning tends to be more positive and easier on your sanity.