It happens every Christmas … all your warm, fuzzy ideals end up in shambles, leaving you feeling frazzled and stressed. The easiest way to stay sane through the holidays is to set balanced expectations of yourself, your family, and your budget.
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In order to manage your month, and your sanity, You can start the month off right by planning ahead. I suggest that you work on at least one thing a day to make the whole month easier for you to manage!
Of course, you can't get all this done if you are talked into helping out with every event, party, or family function. You need to set limits. You want to live with no regrets and if your own family comes last, you'll be sad after they are grown and gone. Family comes first. Some people will struggle with the concept of "No" and other people just can't hear it. If you have trouble with it, take this time to learn how to say "No" effectively.
First, simply say it - just say no. It may be hard and may take practice. Secondly, explain why you're saying no, if you must. Although it's not necessary, it does help some people understand why you're declining their request. And, lastly, be firm. It is certainly ok to turn and walk away once you say no. (Remember telling your kids that you aren't going to talk about it any more? This is the adult equivalent to that.)
Christmas was a huge stress to me, as well. Perhaps because I had boys, but it seemed like EVERYTHING was my job - it was very overwhelming. Taking it a bit easy can help you stay sane in December. Nothing good will happen if mom goes insane, you know!?
5. Remember to have FUN!
If you want more details about how to stay sane in December, be sure to check out my Coffee Break Book on Amazon, Homeschooling the Holidays.
If you are looking for some gift giving suggestions, I have some ideas for you (and, of course, your student) that will help you prepare for college. You can find ideas for Christmas Gifts that Pay for College here.
I hope these suggestions help you stay sane in December! Remember to say no and put family first. Breathe deep and enjoy this time with your children!
Do you get cold sweats just thinking about teaching your teen high school math? Did your last exposure to trigonometry leave you covered in hives? If so, you are not alone! Every homeschool parent "loses it" at some point during high school math.
Do you have trouble with math? Here are my top tips for teaching high school math.
Gearing up for Ivy League admission is one of the toughest challenge for high school students, whether they are homeschooled or not. Ivy admission requires excellence in all areas, exceeding requirements - and a healthy dose of luck.
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It's tempting to think that taking a pre-calculus or calculus class will help your SAT ® or ACT ® test scores, but it's not true! My High School Subject Test White Paper will help you gain critical insights into the AP®, SAT®, and CLEP ® subject tests. These tips, along with those below, will help you prepare your children for success!
I was thinking about socialization because of a conversation I recently had with a non- homeschooler . It is unbelievable that this is still as big a topic as it is surrounding homeschooled children, considering that socialization affects all children, no matter what context they are schooled in.