The secret for a better homeschool this year

by Kathy Kuhl

What’s the best thing you can do to help your homeschool succeed this year? There’s a secret technique you may be missing.

Plan ahead? You know about that.

Pray? If ever you pray, it’s when you take on a challenge like this. You already know to pray for wisdom, patience, health, and especially for your children.

Find support? You knew that, if you’ve been reading this blog or talking to any homeschoolers.

What’s overlooked? Rest. Breaks.

“Wait? What are those?” one mom quipped when I asked her what she did to get time away as she homeschooled a child with special needs.

Whether it’s an occasional few minutes curled up with a magazine and a cup of tea in the afternoon or that rare treat, a weekend get away with spouse or a group of friends, you need a break.

Have you planned one? It’s the least likely thing to happen without planning, even less likely than my remembering to vacuum.

Last month I had a few days at the beach for the first time in a decade.

IMG_2790Reading, swimming, resting, and catching up with a dear friend — it was so refreshing. By the last day, we were rested enough to get up in time to watch the sunrise.

But simpler things are just as powerful. Having a friend over for lunch. Playing a sport you enjoy or taking an exercise class. Even calling a friend, or taking a walk, and stopping to notice the flowers.

IMG_2417What can you do to give yourself a little break? It’s a long road, a road worth walking, and you’ve got to look for ways to strengthen yourself for the long journey.

What will you do to help yourself remember to take breaks? Answer in the comments section below, please.


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  1. I love this. Practicing self-care is so important for parents who want to stay on top of their game. Thanks for adding this to’s Tuesday special needs link up.