I chose to home school my children because I wanted the absolute best for them. Educating children at home takes a huge investment of time and energy. It was really very easy for me to go overboard with the curriculum planning, the field trip planning, and just focusing totally on my children. One day I looked around and realized I had no energy.
I had been wearing pajama bottoms for three days. I realized that if I didn’t take some time for myself, I could not be there one hundred percent for my kids. I would like to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way.
The first thing I did was care for my appearance. Looking great makes me feel amazing and gives me extra energy to deal with the hectic life of a home school parent. The internet provides me with a plethora of information on the best hair. I like to buy quality styling tools that will last a long time like the ones that are reviewed at www.betterhairday.com. I struggle with oily problematic hair most days. I need all the helpful hints I can find to deal with the problem. While surfing through the product reviews I stumbled across a great article for my problem. Read the full article for more great information on to keep your hair looking awesome while home schooling.
Secondly, I realized I needed some pampering. When I drop my children off for music lessons, or other educational activities I often grab a manicure while I wait. This also gives me the opportunity to socialize with other grown-ups. As a home schooling mom I worry so much about my children getting the proper socialization that it would be easy to forget about myself. It really is important to continue to form adult connections and conversations. Although, I admit often times the conversation does turn out to be about our kids.
Finally, I knew I had to find a way out of my pajamas. I know many home schooling families are on a tight budget. There are still many affordable options out there for style. In my neighborhood there are many thrift stores and resell shops. I have found great deals on stylish outfits that have been gently used. There are also many websites that sell overstocked clothing items and shoes at greatly reduced prices. Looking my best does not have to break the bank.
I learned the hard way that I had to invest in myself. I was getting burned out. I have learned that a little time and money spent on myself and quality products goes a long way into keeping my sanity. I deserve as much care as my children.
At first I had the little voice of guilt that I think many parents suffer with. I should spend that money on the kids. I don’t really need a curling iron, new outfit, shoes, or anything for myself. I finally realized that an investment in myself is still an investment in my children.