I shared a picture on my Facebook page of my messy house after a busy homeschool day.
Wow! What a response!
So, what does this tell me? That this is an area we all struggle with. Getting it all done, creating a home for our family, getting a wholesome meal on the table.
Homeschooling is a Messy Business
Let me throw a little story out there for your, bear with me for a moment. Let’s just say you have a friend that works a full time job outside of the home. Her kids are home all day (this is a pretend story, work with me). Now this is just a normal way of life for your friend. Her working all day, kids at home. Would you arrive at her house at 4:00pm and expect the house to be sparkling clean and dinner bubbling away in the oven? Of course not!
Here’s the thing. As homeschooling moms that’s what we do. Homeschooling is a full time job. Just because we are home does not mean we are supposed to be cleaning. Do you ever remember your grade school teacher sweeping the floor and emptying the trash while teaching math? What about chasing toddlers around during history or making lunch for all the students? Me neither.
Don’t get me wrong. Home is not school.
My point is that we are busy. We are educating our children! Yes, part of educating our children is teaching them life skills like cleaning, meal prep and doing laundry. When your kids are all little that makes life even more challenging. As your kids get older they can help more with household tasks, however, then they generally have more school work to do or even a part time job in some capacity.
I don’t like messes. I feel stressed when I look around and see chaos all over the place. I’m certainly not advocating a crazy, messy house. Quite the opposite, I believe we all thrive when we have order in our surroundings. What I am advocating is grace on those days when we just can’t get it all done. And I don’t know about you, but that’s pretty much everyday for me.
Remembering What’s Most Important
Sometimes we have to face the fact that cereal is on the menu for dinner. Sometimes we have to sit down on the couch filled with laundry waiting to be folded and read a book. Sometimes we have to push the Legos aside and make space on the floor to watch a movie.
By now most of us know what is helpful in keeping a relatively tidy house. I’ve written about Keeping a Tidy Home While Homeschooling! I’m here to say it’s okay to NOT have a perfectly tidy house each day.
The silver lining of a messy house? The people we love the most are with us living, learning and being messy!