Today is the day that I’m going to write a wonderfully encouraging post about how I get homeschool, housekeeping, and work all done with a not quite 3 week old baby in the house.
Except, I haven’t got it figured out yet. (Strangely enough, the topic of this week’s Blog Cruise is Working and Homeschool. I couldn’t find time to write anything.)
Here’s what I do know.
Babies eat a lot. Since I am the only one who can feed him, I spend a lot of time doing just that. On the plus side, I am getting my 90Day Bible Reading done usually before 8am every day. I’m also doing other reading so I’m keeping up with my 52 books in 52 weeks challenge. I’m also getting really good at playing Bejeweled Blitz on my iPod. That and Sudoku. Those are valuable skills I’m sure.
I have to prioritize what I do with what time I have. We have to eat something for dinner so I have to make sure that gets done. People also need to have a steady supply of clean clothes, so there is no room for slacking off on the laundry. Nobody seems to be dying because my living room hasn’t been vacuumed in over a week though.
Teaching kids to do their school work independently is very valuable. We’ve been able to slowly resume some school. I am finding that the ratio of teacher-intensive subjects to independent subjects is a bit too high for our current circumstances. I will have to rethink how we “do school” in the future.
I’m also seeing some deficiencies in how I’ve trained my children. My children have chores which they are responsible for, but I have retained control of too many things. There are too many things that I’ve trained them to help with but not do. So I will be looking for ways to train the kids to have greater ownership of more household tasks.
Plumbing problems are never fun, but everything is more stressful at the moment. Thankfully, it only took the plumbers 30 minutes to fix the leak. Fixing the ceiling will be another story.
In many ways, it is much easier to have a baby when you also have “older” children. They can hold the baby and watch the baby while you take a shower. Those are certainly not things that I could let my children do when they were 2 and 4. But, there are other ways that it’s harder. Older kids still have things that they need to do. I have to figure out ways to get my daughter to violin lessons. She has a recital this week. Soccer season is coming up. I skipped this month’s book club, but would like to go back in February. Then there is Kids 4 Truth at church coming up. Obviously choices have to be made. Priorities have to be set. I can’t do everything. It’s just hard knowing what NOT to do.