Homeschooling is demanding.
Motherhood is demanding.
Combine the two together and what do you get?
Wonderful demanding days full of teaching, snuggling, cooking, reading, guiding, serving and nurturing. In the midst of all the good things we do each day we may think ourselves to be selfish if we do not say yes to every worthy cause that comes our way. Yet the Savior himself would sometimes withdraw temporarily from the pressing needs of the multitudes (see, for example, Luke 5:16). Surely, this helped Him serve others with renewed strength. Taking the example of the Savior then, we too must sometimes withdraw temporarily from the pressing needs of the multitudes (our children, our family) in order to renew our strength to better serve them. We can not draw water from an empty well!
Hearkening back to my first post in this homeschooling blog hop Rocks, Pebbles, Sand and Structure time to recharge myself is one of my pebbles. Hopefully as you read this post it will become clear why it is not one of my rocks. There are four areas (rocks) that I try to do each day. These keep me grounded and charged to fulfill all the other demands of the day.
Spiritual. On those days when I have not taken the time in the morning to study the scriptures, pray with real intent (not just go through the motions, and meditate on what I feel the Lord would like me to do I feel like a slug – slow, slimy, and just plain blech. Taking time for the Lord first not only helps me spiritually but it gives me strength to carry on through the rest of the days demands. I need that power of faith!
Emotional. It warms my heart to have one of my children unexpectedly come give me a big slobbery kiss and tell me they love me. They have learned to do this by watching their father and how he treats me. Knowing that I am loved and cherished by my family gives me just the boost I need many times.
Physical. While I try to take a 30 minute walk outside everyday it is not always possible. Just stepping outside then to view the beauty of the mountains and farm fields that surround me can provide a physical uplift. Taking a 15 minute power nap also helps in tremendous ways. Try it!
Mental. Just carving out 15 minutes to pursue an interest, learn something new, or cultivate a talent keeps my intellect growing. Education is life long. Homeschooling mothers really know this! How many times do we learn right along with our children?
If I have first filled my jar with rocks in those four areas I find my moments of needing to remove myself from the multitudes are less but they aren’t eliminated entirely. For me, I need to do that about once every other week. For you the need may be more or less. Whatever your need, it is okay to take that time to recharge! What you do to recharge will be different from what I do. And that’s okay too!
So what do I do to recharge? (all these are done by myself – no children allowed)
Peruse the library (we don’t have any bookstores in our small town). Visit a friend. Take a long walk (over an hour). Window shop. Dates with my husband. Garden. Visit the temple.
What do you do to recharge?
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10 days of special needs | Special Needs Homeschooling
10 days of struggling learners | Homeschooling the Chaotic Family
10 days of homeschooling girls | Homegrown Mom
10 days of homeschool enrichment | Confessions of a Homeschooler
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10 days of Charlotte Mason | Our Journey Westward
10 days of unschooling | Homeschooling Belle
10 days of organization | Confessions of an Organized Homeschool Mom
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