Winter will be over soon, but it’s not yet time for Spring Break. There is a long time between Christmas and Spring Break, and plenty of time to get cabin fever. When you homeschool, or homeschool with a chronic illness, the intensity of cabin fever can be quite high. When Mom feels terrible and the kids are tired of the routine, homeschool can be a miserable experience.
It’s hard when the world is constantly telling homeschool moms that they aren’t qualified. There’s also a strong message to moms today, that they need to put themselves first. When you’re homeschooling by God’s calling, you’re offering your service to Him and your family. But, sometimes it’s hard to remember why you’re homeschooling.
1 Chronicles 28:20 – And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.
The verse above should bring comfort and confidence in God to help finish the work He’s called us to. A homeschooling mom with chronic illness doesn’t need to feel pressure to be like other women. If she is obedient to God, He will take care of her.
There are countless ways to deal with cabin fever or school boredom. Everyone goes through these times, so it’s not a bad problem. It helps to make adjustments to get over it. What ways have you adjusted you family’s homeschool when everyone is getting negative?
Here are some ideas for shaking up your homeschool:
- Take Spring Break early
- Plan a field trip
- Plan a week of silly days- wear your clothes inside-out, silly hair, wear pjs all day, wear your siblings clothes
- Let each child select a game to play, and have a game day with snacks
- Watch family videos together
Explain the purpose of adjusting your schedule to the children. This helps them to anticipate the fun and enjoy it even more. They also need to know there is a limit, and school will go back to the regular schedule soon.
The Bible has many instances where people are told to rest and relax. There is definitely a time and a place for rest.
And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. Mark 6:31
After times of rest and relaxation, moms and children will have a re-set of attitude and focus. This also follows how the Bible teaches to not worry.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
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