Weekend Reading: January 11, 2014

Homeschooling

We started back to school this week, and it was the first week we’ve done our full school schedule since before Jackson was born (we did continue with what we call school-lite up until Christmas week, though). To say I was nervous about the transition would be an understatement, but it went surprisingly well.

That’s not to say that we didn’t have our share of meltdowns, miscommunications, hyper children and tired mom moments, but thanks to a change I made to my schedule, it was a successful week. You see, I committed to not working during our morning school hours and instead focusing on the girls and house stuff, and even though I wasn’t able to stick to that perfectly due to a few deadlines and fires, for the most part I did. Which meant I was able to answer questions, keep kids on track and redirect as needed without getting frustrated that they were interrupting my train of thought. I was also able to use this time for chores, leaving me the rest of the day for work.

Of course, all that hands-on homeschooling left my introverted self feeling pretty drained, so it wasn’t my most productive work week, but I’m hoping we’ll figure out a balance over time!

Here are some of my favorite posts from this week. As always, check out what I’m reading and what I’m pinning to see the other posts that make me stop and think (or, you know, drool…). You’ll find new posts all week long!

Homeschool {Learning for Life}

Motherhood {Let Go of the Guilt}

Food {On the Menu}

Have a great weekend!

Mandi Ehman is the blogger behind Life Your Way. She and her husband have four beautiful girls plus one baby boy, and together they live, work and homeschool on a little slice of heaven in wild, wonderful West Virginia. Mandi loves coffee, chocolate, easy meals, beautiful things and minimalist spaces.