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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies
For the past couple months, my oldest son has been obsessed with survivalism.
It all started with a book…
…and then another book…
I have an affinity for homeschool rabbit holes. I love when children stumble into a passion and fall head-over-heels.
This might be my favorite rabbit hole to date.
There is something magical about this kind of learning.
The energy is palpable and the excitement contagious. These passion-driven rabbit holes can bring renewed vitality to a tired homeschool routine.
I always find myself wishing that I could bottle this feeling and maintain this spark in our homeschool.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could pull out that bottle and sprinkle some homeschool magic in, say, February?
I find it comical (in a not-really-funny sort of way) that after I wrote this post my kids caught a myriad of viruses that left our family quarantined for the better part of March.
While my son learned the ins and outs of survivalism, I felt we were barely hanging on.
self-care and the introverted mama
I am pretty darn good at self-care most days.
Without fail, whenever the kids get sick, my self-care goes out the window.
(Am I the only one?)
Is it any surprise that, after the kids are feeling better, I feel … empty?
One cannot pour from an empty cup.
We all know this, and yet as moms, it is extremely challenging to don that oxygen mask first.
Well, I hit a wall over the weekend.
I ran out of steam.
No matter how hard I tried to grin and bear it, I felt exhausted. Burnt out. Done. Kaput.
I tend to do this to myself once ever year or two, usually during the winter and often during February.
It seems I can’t learn from my mama mistakes… but I can prepare for them!
Introverted Homeschool mama survival kit
This wasn’t my first rodeo, and I knew what to do.
Once the kiddos were feeling better, it was time to reach deep into my [introverted] homeschool mama survival kit.
Every year, on Mother’s Day, I ask for a TBA night away… alone. I save the homemade coupon all summer long, through the fall, and into the winter months.
It is my back-pocket emergency self-care maneuver.
I go to a local hotel for a night. It’s far from luxurious, but it is quiet. And that, my fellow introverted homeschool mamas, is priceless. (If a hotel is not in your budget, you could get your husband to take the kids for the day or you could stay with an understanding introverted friend.)
Be sure to pack all of your introvert tools including:
- Books, movies, or TV shows
- Cozy socks or slippers
- Nail polish for a little pampering
- Coffee, tea, or wine – whatever will make your little heart sing!
Don’t forget to eat!
Without the kids around, you can eat your food hot without interruption. Enjoy it!
Sometimes an introvert needs an afternoon of silence, with a fantastic book. It’s a special treat to stay up late and not worry about any little people waking you up at the crack of dawn!
Then, in the morning, linger. Read more. Drink your favorite hot beverage.
Take your time.
If it has been a particularly trying stretch, grab some flowers on your way home. (They will cheer you up when Monday rears its noggin’.)
Go for the farm stand flowers, just this one time, because you’re worth it.
Here is your PSA, introverted homeschool mamas: Mother’s Day is just around the corner. You might want to keep this idea in your back-pocket, to soothe your soul when your cup is empty.
The books I packed in my [introvert] homeschool mama survival kit:
Cait & Kara have an entire episode on this…
If you are experiencing homeschool overwhelm, be sure to listen to this episode!
Now, it’s your turn. Tell us: what is in *your* homeschool survival kit? Share here!
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