Managing Homemaking and Homeschooling

Homemaking was never my top pick for job choice. ;) I am sure it wasn’t yours either, yet regardless of your career choices you are also are responsible for managing a home.

With managing homemaking and homeschooling, comes meals, dishes, papers to grade, toilets, floors, laundry, laundry, and oh did I mention laundry? It is enough to make me want to scream some days! And often times I feel far from joyful.

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As a work at home, homeschooling mom, I have had to learn that the best way to bring joy back into my home, is by giving myself grace. My home will never be as clean as I would like it to be. We live here, every day. I will probably always have something on my to-do list, and that’s okay. As moms, we have to learn to give ourselves grace. We need to realize that not everything HAS to be perfect, and my level of clean and organized, may look different than yours.

When it comes to managing our homes and homeschools I want you to ask yourself:

Am I doing my best? Remember that everyone’s best looks different. Homemaking will be a lot different when your kids are school age, than when they are toddlers. Remember your best is just that — YOUR best, not mine, your neighbors, or that mom from playgroups.

Are my kids fed? I didn’t ask if they were fed gourmet meals. I asked if you provided them with something to eat (yes chicken tenders count!).

Are we dressed? Meaning that you woke up with an option of getting dressed for the day, whether or not those clothes came from a basket or your closet does not matter.

If your answer to those is yes, then you are a success. Don’t beat yourself up, if you are managing homemaking and homeschooling to the best of your ability then everything else will fall into place.

For more homemaking, homeschooling and parenting encouragement check out the 2015 Spring Clean Bundle! It is jam packed with resources that are perfect to help you manage your heart and home.

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Misty (9 Posts)

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.


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Quick & Easy Trim Healthy Mama Recipes {that kids like too}

 

Guest post by Linda Rose.

I began my THM (Trim Healthy Mama) journey this past summer. In June I started training for a 5K using the Couch to 5K training program. Shortly after that, a friend started up a Trim Healthy Mama group at her house. At first I was like, ok sure I’ll come, but you can’t make me eat anything green or weird. After hearing people talk about THM, I still wasn’t convinced, but ordered the book out of curiosity anyway. I read the book and it just made sense. I had a light bulb moment! You see I had always thought that in order to lose weight I would have to eat weird or green food, but it turns out that isn’t the case at all.

It’s been slow going, and there are days that I find it challenging to eat on plan all the time, but even so, I’ve lost almost 27 pounds! I feel healthier, have more energy, and am still running. It almost feels strange to be able to eat some of the foods that I do eat and be able to still lose weight. And I don’t have to eat any weird or green foods (unless I’m feeling adventurous). I’m a pretty picky eater (so are some of my kids). In order to make THM work for me, I’ve had to make foods that the whole family will eat and love. I’m not about to make a meal for them and then make a separate one for me.

 

Many of the recipes in the THM eating plan are extremely quick and easy. If you are like me, you can appreciate that because honestly who has the time or the energy to slave away in the kitchen?

A couple favorite recipes at my house:

 

Chicken Alfredo (S meal for THM)

Ingredients:
6-8 frozen chicken breast tenders (or 3-4 whole chicken breasts)
1 pint heavy whipping cream
2 cups mozzarella cheese
garlic powder (or fresh if you have it)
salt and pepper to taste

Serve over Dreamfields spaghetti pasta or steamed broccoli.
Place the frozen chicken breast tenders into the bottom of the crockpot. Pour the heavy cream over the chicken. Sprinkle the garlic powder over the cream and chicken. Salt and pepper to taste. Add the mozzarella cheese. Turn the crockpot on high. I like to stir the ingredients every hour or so. It just prevents the cream and cheese from burning on the edges. As the chicken cooks it becomes tender and breaks apart easily. I use a fork to pull the chicken apart before serving. I serve the alfredo sauce over Dreamfields spaghetti with broccoli on the side. It’s so easy and delicious. I put the ingredients in the crockpot at lunchtime and it is ready by dinner time. If it’s ready sooner, then I just turn the crockpot down to warm until we are ready to eat it. The house smells delicous while this is cooking! (adapted from a recipe in the THM book, which you can purchase here)

Ham and Cheese Scrambled Eggs (S meal for THM)

Ingredients:
6 eggs
4-6 thick slices of ham–diced
1-2 tablespoons of cream cheese
1/4-1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions:
Put all of the ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk everything together. Melt a couple tablespoons of butter into your frying pan. Add the ham and cheese egg mixture, stirring to help everything cook evenly.
 
You can use more or fewer eggs; this is what I use for our family. Alternately you could substitute the ham for some other breakfast meat–bacon or sausage is yummy too. Be careful if you choose to substitute store bought pre-packaged bacon bits as many of these have sugar in them.

 

These are quick, easy, and yummy–perfect for a quick breakfast!

 

Linda RoseLinda Rose blogs at Rose Academy and Sew Happily Ever After. She has 15+ years of teaching experience in public, private, after-school, and home school settings. She enjoys homeschooling her own children as well as teaching small group English classes in her home and at local co-ops. Sewing has become an important creative outlet for her and allows her to use her talents to bless her own family as well as others.

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School Room Organization Inspiration!

I love January! Fresh year, fresh snow (at least in my imagination), a blank slate…

But the schoolroom. That’s sometimes a different story, isn’t it?! Unfortunately, our classrooms don’t magically become a fresh clean slate on January 1st!
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But it is so nice to start the 2nd semester with an organized space, so I want to encourage and inspire you today, homeschool moms. Before you and your kids hit the books next week, take a day or two to reorganize and declutter your classroom! Here is the school room organization inspiration you need!

My daughters and I spent four hours cleaning up their school & toy room earlier this week. We’re not done but it looks so much better and we plan to finish the project this afternoon! (You can see photos and details about our first declutter session here.)

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I’ve learned from experience that it’s well worth the time investment to organize the classroom even if we need to take a day or two off school to do it. We quickly gain that time back within the first week or so of being back in session simply because we’re not wasting time searching for needed items!

For tips on how to declutter your kids’ school spaces, check out these helpful articles:

And to see great photos of other schoolrooms, check out these inspiring articles:

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{Homeschool room organization at Finding Joy in the Journey!}

More help:

  • If you need to declutter but are having a difficult time emotionally with letting go of some of your kids’ old things, read this post for encouragement and inspiration.
  • If you want to organize your home but are feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, then check out my Get Organized challenge – I offer FREE personalized virtual organization tips on my blog!
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Emotional encouragement for letting go.

I hope this article helps to inspire you, but remember that inspiration won’t organize our spaces for us, so let’s roll up our sleeves, grab some trash bags, and get to work!

And I’d love to hear: What’s one area you love starting fresh with in January?

Davonne (16 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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