In the whirlwind of homeschooling, finding time for personal creative pursuits can feel elusive. Yet, amidst the demands and responsibilities, writing serves as a sanctuary—a space where our adult voice can thrive in a child-focused world.
It is through writing that we can carve out moments of quiet reflection, explore our artistic intentions, and let our creativity flow.
This journey to prioritize writing in the midst of homeschooling is both a challenge and an opportunity for growth.
However, since I’ve learned to do it myself, I know you can incorporate writing into your homeschool mom life too.
Here are a few strategies to incorporate writing into your homeschool life amidst the beautiful chaos:
1. Morning Journaling Routine:
Start your day with a few moments of quiet reflection and writing.
So, grab a cup of coffee or tea, find a cozy corner, and let your thoughts flow onto the pages of your journal. Write about your thoughts, dreams, and goals, or simply express gratitude for the day ahead. This practice can help set a positive tone for the day and ignite your creativity.
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2. Incorporate writing into your homeschool days with miniature writing breaks:
Take short breaks throughout the day dedicated solely to writing.
Whether it’s during a quiet moment when the kids are engrossed in drawing, on their screens, or during a designated quiet time after lunch, use these snatched moments to work on your writing projects.
For instance, set a timer for 15-30 minutes, find your favorite writing spot, and allow yourself to dive into your creative world.
(Even if all you write is “I don’t know what to write, I don’t know what to write, I don’t know what to write”. Just do it for 15 minutes).
3. Incorporate Writing into Homeschool Lessons:
Integrate writing exercises into your children’s study time. Use prompts and creative writing activities to foster their imaginations while simultaneously engaging in your own writing practice.
While they write, you write too.
4. Writing as Self-Care:
Consider carving out specific moments during the day that are dedicated solely to your own self-care, and include writing as part of that routine.
Whether it’s during nap time after the kids have gone to bed, or even after waking up a bit earlier in the morning, prioritize this time for yourself. Use it to explore your thoughts, work on personal writing projects, or simply enjoy the act of writing as a form of relaxation and creative expression.
5. Outdoor Writing Sessions:
For instance, take advantage of nature’s inspiration by incorporating outdoor writing sessions into your homeschool routine.
Set up a cozy writing spot in your backyard or visit a local park or nature reserve. The fresh air, serene surroundings, and change of scenery can invigorate your creativity and provide a welcome break from the typical homeschool environment.
6. Writing as Community Engagement:
Join writing groups, forums, or online communities to connect with other homeschool moms who share your passion.
Engage in challenges, workshops, and critique sessions to enhance your skills and grow as a writer.
Note: sharing your work with others and receiving feedback can be motivating and help you grow as a writer. ps if you’re interested in writing for my website, connect with me.
By the way, you can read from other homeschool moms here:
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7. Carve out writing time.
Set a specific time each day or week that is designated solely for your writing.
Communicate your needs to your family, set boundaries, and explain the importance of uninterrupted writing time.
You can do this in two ways:
- Put a timer outside your bedroom door (or wherever you’re writing) and let the kids know not to interrupt you until that alarm dings. Obviously, they’ll need practice to believe that you really want to not be interrupted, but soon enough, they’ll learn when you’re done.
- Or just leave the house. (We both know that will be easier). Just once a week. (I left every Wednesday at 7-9 after dinner to the local Starbucks for a pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin spice scone) and I wrote whatever spilled onto the page.
Whether it’s a couple hours on weekends or a dedicated writing evening during the week, having a consistent schedule ensures you prioritize your creative outlet.
Remember, finding time amidst the busyness of homeschooling can be challenging, but you’ll be able to incorporate writing into your homeschool mom life and find greater fulfillment in expressing yourself through words.
So, make the commitment, find your creative space, and let your words flow.
When and where do you find your own creative sanctuary? Share your experiences and insights!
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