In our first year of Christian Unschooling, I’ve found although I’m leaning on God for everything, while my kids are still five and one, my emotional and internal reserves are oftentimes maxed out. Especially since our 18 month old still wakes often in the night.
When you don’t get a full night’s sleep, you either A) become stressed and sick more often because your immune system hasn’t had a chance to catch up or B) choose to take a break and catch up on yourself.
I always choose option B.
I’ve also quickly learned since bringing our son home full time he too needs breaks from mom and dad. He needs time to connect with others his age or learn in a different environment away from home after months of learning at home.
That’s why I’ve come to the conclusion our schedules are backward compared to families who send their children to school.
And this works out wonderfully for us.
What would be a two week Christmas holiday break for others becomes a time for the son to explore fun winter, crafting and Christmas camps, overnight expeditions at the grandparents home and the baby can go see grandma or head into non-academic days at school (she’s none the wiser) so mom and dad can take a nap.
Don’t get me wrong. The holidays are great times to spend together, and we do. But too much time cooped up during those weeks makes everyone a bit crazy.
And summer time? You won’t see us taking large, spendy vacations at the same time as everyone else. We go on vacation when everyone else is in school!
Since know we’ll be around so we get a head start picking out the camps our son is interested in, exposing him to a variety of outdoor activities, trades and hobbies he’s able to the expand on during the school year since he’ll have plenty of time to do it at home.
So these summer and winter breaks come as a welcome respite for mom and dad. A time for massages, movies, catching up on reading and writing and anything else our hearts desire.
Another benefit of homeschooling is often receiving lessons, one-on-one with coaches and teachers during the school hours and spending the evenings at home eating homemade meals, reading and playing in a calm environment (when everyone else is running around to their various after school activities and rushing home for take-out meals).
I’m just saying it’s a benefit… one we’ve come to enjoy wholeheartedly.
Many of you may think our kids are then, never exposed to others their age during the school days and hours. This is utterly false. Not only do we have other activities we attend during the week with other homeschoolers (who tend to be a bit more like-minded, but that’s another post), but the weekends are great times for our kids to also participate in activities with children their age, if they so choose.
And often-times, they don’t and prefer to stay near family and play to their hearts content.