So there is this thing I’ve been doing ever since I was a little girl. I’m not sure where I got it from, but my guess would be from a book long forgotten. You may find it to be supremely cheesy, but I’m going to tell you about it anyway.
It’s something I do every single day. Now and then throughout the day, when I’m feeling content or excited or happy or whatever, I try to take a mental snapshot of the moment. Some days are wonderful and are filled to the brim with mental snapshots (think: our wedding, the birth of children, etc.), while other days it’s more of a struggle to take even one snapshot (think: THIS). Every evening, I reflect upon these snapshots and I pick a highlight. It is the moment from the day that I feel especially grateful for.
I have found that when life gets crazy- even if life-in-general is going well- I take fewer snapshots. When my days do not have enough space between all the things, I have trouble staying present in the moment. I find myself wishing moments away, telling myself that things will be better tomorrow, or next week, etc.
This type of thinking is troublesome because every parent knows that this season of motherhood is gone in a blink. We know we’re going to miss this.
When the stars align and you achieve mindful parenting, it is amazing. But, how do we stay there?
Today, over on Simple Homeschool, I’m talking about something I call homeschool mindfulness. I would love it if you could head over and join the conversation. I’d love to hear about your days and how you achieve this ever-elusive mindfulness. Have you been able to make it stick? Do you have the answer?
I certainly don’t. Every time I achieve homeschool mindfulness, it eventually slips from my grasp.
But, I am happy to report we are in it right now (and you can read about that over on Simple Homeschool).
In an attempt to stay here, I’ve taken extra mental snapshots. I’ve even taken actual snapshots to capture the moments as they fly by. Here are a few highlights from the past week or so:
If you are looking to add more mindfulness to your homeschool, check out these posts:
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How do you stay present in the moment as a homeschooling parent? Share here!
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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