Hitting That Wall

Well, it is official. We have hit the wall. I had been very conscious about not scheduling us for too many ongoing activities. However, what I forgot was that over-scheduling can occur from too many “one-time” activities. For the past two weeks, between helping watch a friend’s kids and activities we have not had a “home day” for about two weeks.

I am feeling exhausted and I can see it in the boys. Jason has said that he wants to drop karate and pottery. A lot of this I think is because we have been on the go so much. After a little bit of talking about it, we have decided that he will finish out the sessions and then we will re-evaluate. I do think that if we can keep enough down time, then he will once again enjoy these activities (he actually does enjoy them once he gets there, he just hates always having to go somewhere).

So I have decided that no matter how cool the thing is, I am not going to sign us up for anything outside our normal schedule for a couple of weeks at least. And then I will need to be really picky about what we do. It is a double edged sword, living where we do. We have so many activities to choose from (and they worry about our socialization!) that it is very hard to pass up neat opportunities. But what I have found over the past years is that these opportunities tend to re-occur. So if we miss that neat field trip to the American Indian Museum, there will be another chance to go at a later date. We do not need to do everything every time.

I am looking forward to this as much as the boys as my schedule has been really hectic as well. The past few weekends I have had training for a volunteer group that I work with called The Naomi Project (we mentor at-risk moms), my high school band reunion, our trip to Ocean City and this weekend was the VaHomeschoolers Quarterly board meeting in Richmond. These things have been a lot of fun (especially the board meeting!) but they have kept me on the go.

I really do need to look at everything that I am doing (activities and otherwise) and set some priorities because I really can not keep doing everything that I have been doing and keep my sanity.

So I will try to take my time and figure out what I enjoy and what I need to scale back on. Don’t worry though, my blogging is high on my priority list…I love the outlet and I have found that I really enjoy writing. So that will stay. Some other online activities might need to be scaled back a bit though.

So that is where we are. And why I have not posted too much in the past couple of days. Wish me luck in finding this balance…it is there and I know that I can find it! The question will be can I keep it…

~Stephanie

About throwingmarshmallows

I am a homeschooling mom to two sweet, energetic boys although I am probably not exactly what you would expect (definitely NOT your stereotypical homeschooler, if there is really such a thing). I support progressive political causes (yes, liberals can and do homeschool!) and I have found a spiritual home in the Unitarian Universalist Church. I have no real idea of how I want to use this blog, but will probably focus on homeschooling, things that I am learning from my boys, personal thoughts and opinions and maybe some liberal politics thrown in, who knows!
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2 Responses to Hitting That Wall

  1. Ah the balance! Since we are not doing a lot “academically,” I keep thinking I have to keep them busy doing fun educational stuff. I totally understand that feeling of being overwhelmed.

  2. Dianne says:

    HI, I am interested in homeschooling my special needs child, but the legal side confuses me and worries me. My son needs speech therapy. Would I still be able to get this through the school? What do I do about state testing requirements? Please advise since you have my email. Thank you.