Oh, February, you got me again, I think. I went into winter thinking all would be fine and all I know is for about three weeks I have felt….
A little lost with how to continue to juggle all of it in homeschooling and my own need for self-care and self-nourishment….Even frustrated….
Juggling children of three wildly different ages within the Waldorf curriculum is often difficult. Going from nursery rhymes and baking and fingerplays to geometry and algebra and historical events back to drawings and working on basic early grades skills through mythology to fielding housework, outside activities, the unexpected is a tall order……Oh, February, really, it is too much for one mother at times.
And for everyone, the things that will drive one to darkness will be different. For me, it is not the cooking or cleaning on top of homeschooling that trips me up. Those things are fine. The harder part is the mental exhaustion from the juggling of three very different ages, stages and attitudes. I am so very tired by the end of teaching time for three separate people that I really can’t combine due to large age gaps… The harder and darker part for me is often juggling the “should” for each age and how the “should” would look if the entire school day was devoted to each child’s grade or developmental level…. and maybe there would be some hours for me…instead of an all day, all hours being “on” from 5:30 in the morning until 8 at night….Have you ever felt that way? Continue reading