Wednesday, April 8, 2015

How do you do it all? {Real Life Homeschool}

I fully intended to write a post yesterday for the Real Life Homeschool blog hop.  But, well, life got in the way.

So I figured now was a perfect time for a post about my least favorite question.
How do you do it all?
The honest answer is -- I don't.

Some days are like the first two this week.  Or today, for that matter.
  • I am not feeling well, and end up taking a nap or two because I desperately need it.
  • I have five different kids who need to be doing school, and all of them need at least some attention from me.
  • I have a house to clean.
  • I have deadlines for work, and those projects always seem to take far more time than I think they will.
  • I haven't done laundry in forever and that is in desperate need of getting done.
  • I want to read.
  • I want to start stitching on the cross-stitch project my mom was working on before she died.
  • My family seems to think they should eat.
  • Did I mention I need a nap?
 I don't have time to do it all, and especially not to do it all well.

You know that saying out there, "Anything worth doing is worth doing well"?

Yeah.  Right.  I have a different one.

Forget doing it well.

And honestly, I don't even finish all the stuff that is worth doing.  But when it comes to certain things, I do not worry about doing it "well."

I have to cheat something.  So that means that you can't eat off my floors.  The inside of the fridge is usually not never pristine.  I use audiobooks instead of reading aloud to my kids. I make them figure out their own school stuff way too often.

The difference between a toilet scrubbed "well" and one that is "just done" is a whole lot of time, mostly.  I've got hard water stains, and yes, I've seen the miracle vinegar trick on Facebook to get rid of them.  But that takes time.  Time I could be spending reading with my kids, or working on math, or heading outside to run around.

I don't fold socks and underwear either.  They get stuffed into drawers, and that is good enough for me.

As for the homeschool stuff, I feel like I never quite do enough there.  Which is probably my topic for tomorrow.

Bottom line for today, though.  I don't do it all.  I probably don't even do all the important stuff.  And the stuff I do get done is often at the last minute. 

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Real Life Homeschool Blog Hop

Here are some of the other blogs that are participating.  I'll be linking up ten a day!  Twenty today, because <ahem> I didn't post yesterday.

For This Season
Unexpected Homeschool
For Him and My Family
As We Walk Along the Road
Growing in His Glory
Homeschool Coffee Break
Daily Life
There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining
Proverbial Homemaker
ElCloud Homeschool

Treasuring Life's Blessings
Double O Farms
Simple Living Mama
Fried Clams and Sweet Tea
This Sweet Life
A Net In Time
Counting Pinecones
Some Call It Natural
Kingdom Academy Homeschool
Debbie's Homeschool Corner


Kym said...

Your house sounds marginally cleaner than mine. LOL I can't do it all either. Glad I'm not alone!

Wendy Kaye said...

I'm with you in that "boat." And I don't have nearly as much on my plate as you do! (((hugs)))