After much struggling over the past few weeks, I really needed a boost. I definitely got it from my neighbor and homeschooling friend Jennifer. We were able to go out last week and I talked to her about my struggles with homeschooling. She has been doing it a lot longer than me and her kids are a bit older. She gave me some good advice. It has helped me to rethink everything in my educational journey. So I have realigned my strategy and it has definitely paid off this last week.
I have been focusing all of my attention on Raef and Zach. Therefore, the little ones have had a really hard time. And so then we have all suffered. I decided to take a hands-off approach to their education. I put all of the work that I wanted them to complete in a box. They did it all on their own. I only helped them with a couple of things. They actually did a lot of work. I was able to put all of my attention on Eli, Harry, and Julia. I focused on organizing and cleaning my house, playing with the little ones, and showering them with lots of attention. I stayed out of the schoolroom for the most part, because wherever I go, the babes follow.
The results were stark. There was very little crying this week. Julia and Harry took a nap almost every single day. The house stayed mostly clean. Eli played lots of games and did many activities with me. I cooked dinner every night. Things went well. I don't even think I cried one time.
I learned that Raef and Zach can do a lot on their own. The less I do, the better it is for everyone.