Homeschooling with little ones (under 3 or 4) is nearly impossible. There, I said it. It’s the truth.
Here’s my life in a nutshell. I have 4 boys, ages 6 1/2 (we’re finishing up kindergarten), 4 1/2, 2 1/2, and 5 months. We relocated a couple years ago for my husband’s job, so there are no family members around. I breastfeed the baby 24/7. My husband also travels quite a bit. I have a four-bedroom house and I do not have a maid. We live debt free and on a tight budget.
I love homeschooling….when the littles are calm and I can ACTUALLY TEACH my oldest. I love to involve the toddler and preschooler as well, but they don’t have a set curriculum. Now that my five-month-old is up much more during the day, I find school time is hard Every. Single. Day. Calendar time, long periods of read-alouds, and any sort of structure is a thing of the past. The day depends on the baby’s and toddler’s moods, whether daddy is traveling, and if there is illness in the house (it seems like someone is always fighting something!).
My house is a disaster much of the time. The boys are always in different directions and it seems like I’m nearly always undressed feeding the baby!
Lately I’m trying to make sure to have 10-20 minutes for reading and math and Bible time so that we get the basics done. I usually am feeding the baby while this is happening and the toddler is watching a cartoon. He does not care to nap. That’s putting it mildly.
Where is this lady going with this?
Honestly. That’s it. I just really wanted to share what my homeschooling life looks like right now. I rely on the grace of Jesus Christ daily. I feel his love around me and I just pass that on to my kiddos and husband. I am no one special. I don’t always get to read my Bible daily. I wear spandex pants and a big t-shirt to the grocery store, and I don’t buy organic apples.
I do know that in my crazy messy days, Jesus is there with me. He loves me and my kids, and we’re right where we’re supposed to be. I know that even in these days when all I accomplish is getting the pee stains off the wall in the bathroom, I am here for a purpose and there will always be new challenges.
I know there are many of you that are in these motherhood trenches. Some of you may laugh as you remember these days when yours were little. Some of you may be enduring many more challenges than most others. However, know that what you are doing daily in your home, with little ones or big ones, it worth something in Jesus’ eyes. Max Lucado put it so well:
“With God there are no accidents. Every incident is intended to bring us closer to Him.” – Max Lucado (A Gentle Thunder)