Baby Step 18

Dear Mama, If you're feeling overwhelmed about starting the homeschooling year, come join us on our baby steps path to a peaceful home and rhythm.  Start at baby step 1!  Love, Kelly Today we come to our last baby step! I hope that the over the last four weeks you’ve seen some positive changes in your home life and rhythm, that you feel more organized and prepared for homeschooling, and that you’re excited to start your year on a positive note! Remember to take things one step at a time and build on a simple rhythm. I would love to hear how it’s going for you - please let me know in the comments below or get in touch by email!

Today we’re going to pick one thing to do each day to set yourself up to be a happy and healthy mama!

I think you know how important it is to take care of yourself but it can be hard to know how to find the time.

Start by making a list of everything you would like to do for self-care. What are the healthy habits you wish you had, what are the changes you would make, what are some things that bring joy into your life?

Now look over your list and circle just one thing. What’s the one thing you can do each day that will make the biggest difference in your life? What will move you in the direction of better health, more energy for homeschooling, more smiles on your face?

Your one thing should be something that you can do a little bit every day. Choose something that isn’t a huge project and that you will look forward to. Think about when it can happen and make a plan. Get very specific and write it down in your planning journal.

Here are some examples:

  • Go for a walk every day for 30 minutes as soon as DH gets home from work.
  • Read a novel just for fun every night after the kids are in bed.
  • Do 15 minutes of yoga during the kids’ afternoon rest time.

Will it really make a difference to focus on just one thing? Yes! Actually, it will change your life.

Once you have your one thing, put your brainstorm list safely away where you can look at it again in another month or so. Do what you need to do to remind yourself of the one thing you’ll be doing every day to take care of yourself - write it into your daily rhythm, post visual reminders on your fridge or around the house, and set an alarm on your phone to remind you.

As a homeschooling parent, you are working hard, mama! I want you to enjoy your life and have fun with it all. How else will you have the energy to homeschool for the long haul? How else will you create the family life you want? How else will you show your kids what it’s really all about?

You’re done! I’m so proud of you for making it this far and so happy to have you reading along here on the blog. Homeschooling families are amazing and it’s an honor to write for you. Let us know how your baby steps journey is going in the comments or on the facebook page! xo, Kelly