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post #41 of 51
Luckily my oldest is 15 so I can have him watch my 7 yr old if needed. Also my mom lives 15 miles away, so the kids often go over to her house for the weekend, just usually not together. However DS often babysits for a friend, or is out of town with our TSD instructor for seminars. I've also taken up things for me, such as belly dancing and knitting. Both can be very therapeutic for me.
post #42 of 51
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Also, I'm not trying to sound like one of *those* parents (you know, the ones that count down the days until the end of school break), but how do homeschooling parents get a break? I'd love to hear what works for you and how you keep from getting burned out.
My kids play on their own really well. Being home with them now is a heck of lot easier than taking care of them when they were tots I can and do take breaks while they are doing their own thing.

They sometimes take classes that require they be away from home and away from me. These are short breaks -- one morning a month at zoo school, 1 hour 15 min. once a week for gymnastics, etc.

Sometimes on weekends my DH takes the kids and goes out for awhile, or I go out by myself. I like the down time. I don't need it every week, but I like knowing I can take it if I need to.
post #43 of 51
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post #45 of 51
I get questions about "mommy breaks" quite often since I homeschool and do daycare. We all need breaks to ourselves every day since we are spending so much time together. We have a rest time in the afternoon that I have set aside for everyone to do something by themselves and I demand to be left alone. As the kids get older, it is easier to find pockets of time throughout the day to sit down and put my feet up. I love to read and I do it while the kids play outside, or are engrossed in their own play for 10-20 minutes.

DH and my extended family are also great help in getting time ALONE to myself in the evenings and on weekends. I play women's soccer and coed softball during the spring and summer which gives me up to 2 nights out a week. The kids spend the night with both sets of grandparents and my sister several times a month.

Sometimes just getting together with another friend who has kids can give us both some time to sit back and chat while the kids entertain each other. Those breaks are the best since I spend time with a friend and the kids get their dose of "socialization".
post #46 of 51
It is very sad that some parents do get so disconnected from their children that they don't even ''know them". Still I know plenty of parents that have children in school that are very close to their children. When parents tell me stuff like they couldn't be around their kids all the time I think it is just culture talking through them. I believe if they kept their children home after an adjustment period they would love it better than anything else in the world.
post #47 of 51
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I am just starting to seriously consider homeschooling, so please bear with me. how do homeschooling parents get a break? I'd love to hear what works for you and how you keep from getting burned out.
I feared this too when I first considered hsing. Honestly it has not been a problem at all! Things have fallen into place quite nicely, and like pps have said, many little pockets of time pop up during the day to read or visit with another mom.

Like Fieryfly, we have a daily "read and rest" time during which we each (2 dds and I) spend time apart doing something quiet/restful. It begins with a long reading aloud session, so everyone is feeling mellow and quiet anyway.

Both dds have weekly play dates with their respective best friends (and occassionally other dates, too). Usually I can coordinate it so that I have one afternoon every two weeks completely to myself while they play happily under the other moms' supervision.

Sometimes I take the girls to the gym where they stay in childcare while I work out. This is becoming less popular with the girls, though, so I'm still working on this one.

That's just the "school day" times. Evenings and weekends are no problem with dh and occassionally my folks to share the girls' company.

HTH
post #48 of 51
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I snatch up a half hour here and there in my room to read or rest. Sometimes in the evenings dh will let me take a bath. I used to get my "me" time when the kids went to bed but as they get older they stay up until at least 10 or 11 so there's no free time after that. I find it refreshing to just take one or two kids out with me somewhere. That way dh has a few and so do I. Dh goes to the gym and takes some of the kids sometimes. Usually he will take the two younger ones so that leaves me with the older kids. We can do games and experiments that we can't do with the little ones around.
post #49 of 51
I haven't read the thread - just responding to the op....

I had to respond even though I don't homeschool - I just check in here to see what's going on since I want to homeschool eventually.....

My kids are in school and I look forward to breaks, vacation and summer! I cry! when school starts back in the fall.....

My kids just went back to school on Tuesday after the holiday break and I have been in a funk for 3 days! I finally put my finger on it yesterday - I miss them!

I also HATE HATE HATE it when people say that crap to me. People ask me all the time in the summer (especially since I have 3 kids, 3 years apart) "I bet you can't wait for them to go back to school" I always come out swinging when people say that!

Just wanted to give a POV from the other side......
post #50 of 51
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Originally Posted by mamapoppins
I have a very dear friend who pulls her dc out of school somedays, just because she misses them!

mp


:LOL I do this too! I do it one at a time though......

I'm not the only one!
post #51 of 51
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My kids are in school and I look forward to breaks, vacation and summer! I cry! when school starts back in the fall.....
You aren't alone. My sister feels the same (her kids are in 2nd and 4th grades). We had a snowstorm here a couple of nights ago and all the area schools were closed on Thursday. I talked to my sister Thursday evening and she was going on about how excited *she* had been that the kids didn't have to go to school! :LOL (The kids were psyched too, of course!)

I'm feeling more and more sure that my sister is going to give in and homeschool pretty soon. I know she's started to think about it. It would be a bit awkward right now since she's the PTA president, but she's even getting fed up with that position since she feels such opposition from the teachers to anything new she wants to try. :
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