The determined homeschool mama hunkers down to her homeschool routine despite exhaustion or aggravation. A curious parent considers homeschooling, until she realizes how much energy it will require from her. The homeschool newbie takes on homeschooling with fervour, then quickly realizes she’s consumed and spent.
Basic self-care needs are easily overlooked with a steady stream of childhood needs and interpersonal interactions. All homeschool mamas need an action plan for their self-care.
Homeschool mamas grapple with the not-good-enough feeling, perfectionism, loneliness, anger, doubt, boredom, impatience, and overwhelm.
This book provides numerous self-care practices that address real homeschool mama's physical, social, household, and mental needs. Most importantly, this book acknowledges and addresses the most important self-care practices, that of thought care. Thought care asks three questions when experiencing uncomfortable feelings.
Reframing of uncomfortable feelings provides a perspective shift that can help the homeschool mama turn her homeschool challenges into her homeschool charms.
Unlike the light self-care approach like suggestions of spa visits and dark chocolate consumption, Teresa believes conscientious self-care strategies will get potential homeschool mamas to confidently begin homeschooling, keep mamas homeschooling and provide homeschool mamas tools to do what they want to do: enjoy the charms of their homeschool lives.
Let's start with the basics: Why are you homeschooling? What drew you to homeschooling? What do you hope homeschooling will accomplish? How has it been rewarding? What have been your challenges? Know WHY you're homeschooling.
Acknowledge and recognize the unique realities of the homeschool mama's challenges. We can engage these uncomfortable thoughts by using thought care strategies to reframe our challenges and turn them into our charms.
Now that you know how to wield thought care strategies, we look at specific homeschool challenges: overwhelm, anger, perfectionism, failure, the not-good-enough feeling, doubt, impatience, and loneliness. You'll get loads of ideas how to engage those challenges.
If you haven't considered the self-care basics: physical self-care strategies for sleep, grooming, morning routine, exercise, nutrition, her cycle & sexuality, pregnancy, post-partum period, and perimenopause, you'll find them here.
The homeschool lifestyle can help you expand your own sense of self. You can learn to identify your own interests, your learning needs, your own explorations of fun and even create space for alone time.
No one asks about the homeschool mama's needs for socialization, but she needs that too. She needs to create a community in and outside her homeschool world, continue to build on her partner relationship if she has one, build intentional time with her kids, and intentional time fostering her connection with herself.
The care & keeping of the homeschool home provides organizational and housecleaning tips, menu and grocery planning, discusses the myth of multitasking and finishes with an encouragement towards accepting the reality of the homeschool home.
Skip the entire book and join Teresa, as though she's invited you for coffee at her homestead in the Kootenay Mountains, and get some good ole fashioned mama encouragement:
And let her encouragement you to remember why you chose this homeschool lifestyle, take stock why you still want to choose homeschool, and help you to focus you on your purpose in pursuing this homeschool path.
You can do it mama, oh yes you can!
Teresa is eager to share the freedoms of the homeschool lifestyle with the skeptical, the intrigued, and the curious.
Thirteen years ago, she searched for arguments against homeschooling, and that search shifted her family’s next decade toward the homeschool lifestyle.
Teresa is a hearty advocate of home education, and encourages other homeschool families to turn their challenges into their charmed homeschool lives.
Having homeschooled for more than eleven years, Teresa is keenly aware of the intensity and demanding nature of this lifestyle. A mama has got to practice self-care so she can thrive, not just survive.
Teresa’s book, “Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Thrive not Just Survive” will be released Spring 2020.
But she cannot be found on Snap Chat, because she is too old for that.
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