homeschool mama, challenge your thoughts

Homeschool mama self-care requires that we challenges our thoughts.

Nothing says getting real like considering Brene Brown’s thoughts. She is the girl next door–despite her PhD in interpersonal and psychological research. So let’s put on our thinking caps as we think about our thoughts.

“Everyone wants to know why customer service has gone to hell in a handbasket. I want to know why customer behavior has gone to hell in a handbasket.”

Ha, indeed. The gift of entitlement. Easy to assume people should be nice to us; but we need to be nice to them too. Kindness is a requirement. Not an option.

Give us screens and a finger, and we’ll say anything that crosses our minds, anonymously. If we can’t say in person what we say on screen, maybe we shouldn’t say anything.

Still, I ask, could those multi-million earning companies please get real people to answer their phones? Kindly asking.

“To love ourselves and support each other in the process of becoming real is perhaps the greatest single act of daring greatly.”

This helps us see ourselves as a separate entity that needs support too. We need it just like we offer support and nurture to our friends.

Apply this concept to parenting, and it takes parenting to a whole different level. To love our kids and support them in the process of their becoming real is, might I suggest, the second greatest act of daring greatly.

A responsibility toward our little followers: to think through what they need to become, not just what they need to do in the moment.

“Nothing has transformed my life more than realizing that it’s a waste of time to evaluate my worthiness by weighing the reaction of the people in the stands.”

And if you think about it, you are the people in your own stand too. You are your own audience. And oftentimes the most difficult observer to satisfy.

Approve of thyself. (Or don’t do what you’re doing).

Give yourself credit. Nurture yourself. Be gracious with yourself, and forgiving too.

“Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

Wow, deep stuff.

Seems scary to walk into the nether-regions of my psyche to discover I can be pretty insecure and fraught with internal struggle if I probe below the surface long enough.

Dig deep into it. Lean into it. Sometimes with the help of someone wise to help us wade through it, and discover that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

The most vital aspect of Homeschool Mama Self-Care is that we probe into our internal struggles, that we sit with the uncomfortable feelings, let ourselves allow clarity to rise from the muck. The most important important self-care strategy is to challenge the thoughts and reframe them so we can choose the most useful perspective as homeschool mamas.

Let’s turn our challenges into charms as we think on these affirming thoughts too:

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Homeschool Mama Self-Care: nurturing the nurturer

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