“You have three kids and you homeschool?”
“How do you do it?”
Those seem to be the two questions I get asked a lot when I meet people. Everyone always seems to have a surprised reaction to it.
I have been homeschooling since Miss. K was 5. There were many reasons why we choose to homeschool and I will go over those in a future post. But we are so happy we homeschool.
There are days where I am on the ball with everything and I can get everything done and then there are days where I fail miserably with everything I try and do.
There are days where my kids eat oatmeal for dinner and then there are days where I cook a wonderful meal that includes a main course with side dishes.
There are days where I get all of the laundry washed and put away and then there are days where it is in a huge pile on the floor and we have nothing to wear.
Then there are days where my kids get all of their schoolwork done and then other days where it’s just too beautiful not to play outside and we unschool.
Then there are days where my house looks beautiful and clean and then others where it looks like a bomb went off. Clothes and toys everywhere and dirty dishes in the sink.
There are days where I have no problem juggling all three kids and then there are days where everyone is grumpy.
What’s my secret?
My secret is that I know I am not perfect. I know that I love my kids. I know that my husband and I support each other. I know life is messy. I know that there will be days that I cannot do everything and that is ok.
The minute I allowed myself to not be the “perfect” Mom, the stress melted away. I tell my kids that I am not perfect nor do I expect them to be. We all make mistakes, the important thing is that we learn from them.
I am happy. I am happier with my kids around. I am the happiest when my kids and husband are around. They are my everything and together we can get through the messy parts of life. Being happy and knowing no one is perfect and that we all make mistakes and knowing not everything will go as planned is my secret.
What’s your secret? What makes you happy?