To all of the new homeschooling/cyber schooling parents:
Give yourself grace. Homeschooling your child(ren), even with a cyber school, is a challenge. There is a lot of work for them, and for you. There is a learning curve as you get used to the technology, courses, and teachers. It takes a while to get your feet under you, and to feel completely confident in what you are doing. Its normal.
Last year was our first year, and the best advice I was given was if the shit hits the fans in any way shape or form, call it a day, and start over tomorrow. You have plenty of time to play catch up academically and be “on task” but don’t jeopardize your sanity or your relationship with your children to do it.
Accept that the house won’t be as clean as you like. Meals might not be when you want them to be. You may not get done everything you want to do during a given day, week, or even month. Remember, that its ok. Everything will eventually get done, and before you know it, you will be talking to a new family telling them that it will be ok.
Think back to when you first had your child(ren) and apply those strategies to getting things done now. Have family help on evenings/weekends so you can do the things you want/need to do. Order carry out, plan freezer meals, and use your crockpot since the days may be longer than you anticipated. Take advantage of the local grocery delivery services so that’s one thing you can cross off your list. Use paper plates so you don’t have to do dishes, etc. You get the idea.
This is only one season of your life, and in each season we have different things we are to learn – in this season its to give yourself grace.
Have a great school year!