We've had a major distraction in the last 6+ weeks: both our daughters have been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. (Note: we are actually upbeat and feeling generally good emotionally, despite a now more complicated gluten free diet). Between researching Celiac, cleaning out the kitchen, trying to find a new white toaster (white seems to be an outdated color???!!!), and managing doctors appointments and reading every label, I've barely had time to focus on homeschooling...the girls are 5, so I'm feeling great that they've gotten lots of unstructured time ;) but certainly in the upcoming years I'll need to be more committed!?!
How do you stay disciplined when big things arise in life?
Embrace the learning that's part of the "distractions" and don't worry about it! As your kids get older they'll be more independent, and more of their learning will be self-directed, and bumps in family life won't interfere quite so much. But still, there's so much learning that comes out of these distractions and at this age, it really matters not one bit that they've been learning about wheat and inflammation and blood tests rather than phonics and place-value.
Just tell yourself that you've been completing a 6-week intensive unit study in human physiology, nutrition and wellness with a minor in unstructured imaginary play.
Mountain mama to two great kids and two great grown-ups
:) thanks Miranda! Yes, we've talked lots about endoscopies and tiny little cameras...not many five year olds have pics of their digestive tracts!
We've also had a lot of exposure to kids with a whole host of other maladies--I think they've learned a lot about compassion--or at a minimum, it's been imprinted. We've spent three days at Children's Hospital in LA in the past few weeks...I constantly look at my kiddos an think how healthy they are and I've witnessed so much love and care for every child there, no matter how big or small the ouchy...we haven't rushed the girls to and from appointments so that they feel some sense of belonging and community with the hospital and the other kids.
The biggest, most important lessons are about values after all, right?
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