My final thought on the radical art of homeschooling, is to urge you to invest in the radical art of self care. This lifestyle is filled with unbelievable moments of grace and transcendence, but can also take us to our depths of exhaustion and confusion. Your self care needs to be at the top of the priority list. The whole shebang will fall apart with out it. You is essential and your needs are nonnegotiable.
Today, take some time to journal what this means to you. Getting a clear idea about what it is that recharges you will help you get it. Our self care needs are as diverse as our temperaments. You might need lots of time to yourself or with your friends. Maybe you need to pray or mediate daily. Or you might need massages, time to run, household help, or just some sex - whatever it is, own up to it and make sure it is a part of your life.
And as we discussed in the first class, look for ways to recharge while with your family. It is easy to feel like you are playing the role of the perfect parent, the patient homeschooler, the calm mother....I think when you are trying to preserve a facade of how you should be acting instead of how you truly are, the need for escape is greater. If we can somehow manage to cultivate our whole selves in the chaotic midst of raising a family, we can tap into a deep peace.
So, teach your kids to make amazing smoothies and cappuccino for you. Let them play Minecraft while you take a bath and read a memoir. Have them push you to run when all you want to do is stroll. Make them your partner in pleasures as much as in work and chores.
This is it! These are our lives and we have unbelievable control over how they manifest - more than any other people in history. Let's dig in, experiment, try weird things, listen to ourselves, and have a ball!
I am sending you so much love and respect! You are the best parents out there. The unique genius of your families will change the world.
I will see you on the trail (which is a fancy metaphor for the FB group)!