The same holds true for other situations in life — including homeschooling. How can parents help educate and nourish their children when they themselves are suffering?
Just like reaching for the air mask, homeschool parents must save themselves first. When moms or dads aren’t well, children clearly suffer. It doesn’t take an expert to realize that this carries over into schooling as well.
Moms who are exhausted, dads who are frustrated, or both parents when dealing with situations involving finances, health or marriage, for instance, cannot possibly be at their best when it comes to parenting and educating children. Even normal daily disruptions like teething babies and broken appliances must be dealt with lest they too may tip the scales.
Selfish? I realize that, to some, it may seem that way. Particularly for parents who have given up their free time, a successful career or something else in order to homeschool, this may be hard to realize at first. But it isn’t selfish. Actually the opposite. Parents who are not at their top performance cannot raise their children to be. It’s that simple. Heal yourselves first. And then the rest will come.
So this begs the question, how can parents take better care of themselves? The answers vary based on each family. Ideas, however, may include a weekly date night, daily time for exercise or relaxation, bringing in outside help, cultivating friendships or hobbies, joining a support system, or even seeking medications. Whatever it takes to get life back on track so that parents can be there for the children.
Please remember while homeschooling that mom’s physical, mental and emotional health makes a tremendous impact on her children. Dad’s well-being, too. Several days — even weeks or months – of lost school matter very little over the long haul. Having strong and healthy parents last children a lifetime!
Have YOU found ways to stay healthy for your children? Please SHARE them below!