Home Schooling When Your Youngest Eats Crayons: Part 3 of 3

This is the third part in a series about home schooling when you have a toddler in the house.

Peace with Chaos

No matter how well you plan your day, if you have a toddler, there will be chaotic moments.

Moments like I had when I finished helping my oldest with a math problem one day to realize that my two littlest boys, ages 2 and 3, were being quiet…not a good sign. A bit a searching revealed they had found a great place to play…in an outdoor fire pit…ashes, ashes, everywhere!

Chaos does create a certain amount of stress and mess, but that is okay.

Take a deep breath.

Acknowledge the craziness that is your life right now. Then smile, because really, what is cuter than two little boys painting themselves with ashes?

Take pictures before you yell.

Listen to your instincts, they often warn you when your little one is into something.

Do not be afraid to stop helping your big kids, while you go check on a little one. You may be surprised at what your older child has accomplished by the time you get back. (Then again they may have just sat there daydreaming, but daydreaming is important too.)

Remember that this is just one season in your life, and if you want to look back on it fondly, you have to live in it fondly.

Take a toddler break. One of the best ways to recharge yourself is to get out of the house and away from the kids once in awhile. You need a break. The break is a gift not only to yourself, but also to your family, because you will come back recharged and able to give them more.

Play with your toddler.

Take a deep breath.

Say a prayer.

Move.

Eat.

Sleep.

These are not secrets, but they are the things that have the power to keep you sane in the middle of your lovely chaos.

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