Homeschooling is hard. Homeschooling is trying. Homeschooling is not for the faint at heart. But for our family, it is the peanut butter to our jelly. It is the kool-aid to our sugar. It is the blood to our lives - because I can't imagine a day of chaos any better.
But when I lose my cool, it shows. I rant, I gripe at the little things (like the chores not being done), or I really lose my cool and yell. Not at anyone in particular, but at everyone in general. Then I have to remove myself from the situation, reflect on why I am really feeling aggravated, deduce whether or not I can change anything, and either a.) change it, or b.) apologize for throwing a tantrum like a toddler who can not longer reach the baby powder! And more often than not, it's B.
Parent's, it's OK to need to take a personal time out. Fifteen minutes of alone time to simply refocus. After all, your kids are relying on you to teach them how to handle stress. But if you are like me and find that as quick as you had it, you lost it, take the time to explain why you did, how you worked through it, and why it's important to acknowledge what you can and cannot change. Asking your kids to forgive you for your grown up tantrum is also a great way to emphasize how important it is in recognizing personal faults.
When it's all said and done, it's an 'eh' issue: what do you do? I choose to own my good and bad decisions and I owe it to myself and my kids to acknowledge when I'm in the wrong. We are parents first, teacher's second, but human always and we humans are not above mistakes.
Until next time,