a real success. Husband took over that morning's science lesson, and the boys then spent the rest of the day reading, working on their Bible lesson, any individual projects, playing soccer outside, and the general doing of boy things. They were helpful and respectful to my need of getting many things done in a short period of time.
It was a much needed break.
Interestingly, I still seem to have to give myself permission to take these kinds of breaks. Even though I plan and do start school in the summer to allow for a Fall break, I then get so enmeshed in the routine that I forget the routine has planned flexibility. If I will flexibly allow it.
Husband is not only the principal of our homeschool but also the sweet clarion reminder when I get a little crazy with it all. That's what was happening on Monday morning. He noticed it and intervened with just the right counsel and encouragement.
Today was back to the routine with everyone breathing a bit easier. I adjusted the lesson plans by one day plus we have a special field trip planned for Friday. Taking a break yesterday didn't break the schedule, it kept me from breaking apart.
Thinking through these things caused me to wonder, what sorts of breaks other homeschooling moms build into their routines to avoid burnout. So, do you build in breaks or wait until the straw is on the camel? Does your husband step in when he sees the crazy lady begin to sing?
Offer a mom some tips. I'm ready.