I spent this post-vacation Monday morning with a cup of coffee and my iPad, opting for my newsfeed over my to-do list. I was mourning our holiday break and reluctant to get back into the swing of things. It seemed my little poppies felt similarly, as they dragged their feet to varying degrees. No one was ready to face this post-vacation Monday, not even Linda. No joke, this is how I found her when I entered this kitchen this morning:
As I read through friends’ posts, with Linda at my feet, it was apparent that everyone was feeling the same. It’s tough to get into the swing of things after a break, folks!
Remember when I told you guys that somewhere in the midst of construction and holidays and illness I had neglected my homeschoolin’ journal? Instead of viewing it as negligence, I saw it as a sign that we had relaxed into a homeschool rhythm? Well, we’ve had more sickness and more construction since then. Plus, we had a lot of dinner picnics watching Christmas specials. I confessed yesterday that we found ourselves in a bit of a winter funk.
This morning, I located and dusted off my trusty homeschoolin’ journal. When Leo was done with breakfast, I told him it was a back to normal homeschool day. There was some grumbling, of course, but he obliged. And I turned to my to-do list, even though I wanted to grumble too. It’s never easy getting back into a routine, whether your routine involves the big yellow bus or learning in the living room.
But, do you know what? Once we got started, getting back to normal felt really good. I think we’ve all missed it. You always read about how important routine is for little kids, but I’d argue it’s good for us big kids too.
So, what about you guys? How did today go for you and your kiddos? Share here!
We are what we repeatedly do.
Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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