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homeschool mama self-care: what's important to you?

Me getting a facial. That is a homeschool mama self-care practice. (That I’ve only ever practiced once.) But is this all there is to homeschool mama self-care?

I’m writing a book! I am finishing the second draft of Homeschool Mama Self-Care: Taking Care of Mama so she Can Take Care of her Kids.

Do you remember this post?

This post has stimulated my thoughts: what are the base requirements for a satisfied homeschool household?

Mama, the primary homeschool supervisor, making everything happen in the home, needs to feel satisfied. If she isn’t, is she taking care of herself? Not just her spa visits, but regularly practicing mental self-care practices?

I have eleven years of homeschooling with plenty of stories, but I also want to learn from you.

What are the most important aspects of homeschool mama self-care for you?

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6 thoughts on “homeschool mama self-care: what's important to you?

  1. I think the most important thing we can do to take care of ourselves is to cultivate a life of prayer — daily spending private time with the Lord in conversational prayer, worship, and communing with Him over His Word.

    (BTW — The link in the middle of your post does not seem to be working. It takes me to a page in WordPress which invites me to write a post for one of my own blogs.)

    Lee Ann

    • Would you tell me how the life of prayer, worship & reading God’s word (practicing the presence of God?) enables you to take care of your homeschool mama self?

      • Well, I have found that without spending that alone-time with the Lord that I can become easily overwhelmed and stressed out. In fact, it was in a moment of extreme overwhelm some years ago, that I took a few minutes to express to the Lord how on the edge I was. He quietly responded, “If you’ll just put your eyes on Me, all the stress will fall off.” As I focused on doing what He said, I felt His peace roll in, and what had seemed so big suddenly looked much more manageable.

        it’s not that the busyness is any less; we’re just able to handle it better when we keep Jesus at the forefront of our hearts and minds. He has ways of making things go smoother when our priorities are right.

        I’m actually a retired homeschool mama. My children are grown. Now I’m in the “senior citizen” phase, still there for our kids, caring for my elderly mother, and mentoring younger women inside and outside the homeschool community. I’m also an author and speaker, so life is busy!

        But I believe that whatever phase of life we’re in, we are just happier, more peaceful people when we keep that continuous connection with the Lord. Thank you for asking! 🙂

  2. This may sound tongue in cheek but it’s in all seriousness. Although good self-care should go a long way toward preventing burn-out, good self-care means knowing when to stop. Knowing when continuing to home-schooling would undermine not just your wellbeing but your relationship with your children and your ability to parent them and mentor them. Knowing when homeschooling is no longer blessing your family. Good self-care means knowing there are always other educational options and that homeschooling shouldn’t be a do or die venture.
    This may not be what you’re after but I think it’s an important part of the discussion.
    PS The link to your earlier post won’t open for me.

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