I recently discovered your website. I’m working on making a “battle plan” for our upcoming school year. I’m homeschooling a rising 3rd grader as well as raising and caring for my twin two-year-olds. What a blessing! I need all the help I can get to figure out how to attend to my preschoolers while homeschooling and maintaining my home (among other things). Please point me to some of your favorite posts on the topic. I’ve listened to your MP3 downloads and they helped tremendously.
Welcome to craziness! I wouldn't trade this life for anything, but it is crazy and exhausting and sometimes downright frustrating. I don't think it's helpful to pretend every day is a walk in the park. I do think it's helpful to try and give you some tools to make the days more peaceful. In that spirit, here are some you may find most helpful:
A homeschooling mom needs help with the housekeeping, because kids who are home all day long make messes at home all day long. They'll also gain great skills if they're taught to help out. Start with a chore plan.
Read the next chore post.
And then finally this one, which gives you free chore charts to download and use in your home.
Circle Time is the biggest weapon in my arsenal. You can read all about Circle Time here, and link to copious posts on the subject. You can learn some little tricks for keeping those busy two-year-olds occupied during Circle Time here.
If you're looking for school help, learn my BIG SECRET here. The best part of the BIG SECRET is that once you're done, you're done.
But most importantly, bring your children to the Gospel every day. Remind them and yourself that you are loved and Jesus is enough.
Hope that's helpful-
p.s. Michele and I both wrote chapters on homeschool management for The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. It's a treasure trove! I've been homeschooling for 17 years and I gleaned so many great ideas from all of the capable contributors. Worth it!