This week on the Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes. This post is running concurrently on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network (catch the audio there).
Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 112: Adapting to Unexpected Changes
Sabrina and Kym have allergies. Life happens. Not a very big happening but it does have an impact.
But sometimes life happens and it is more serious or time consuming than an allergy attack.
- A family move
- Your oldest graduating and moving out on their own
- Starting a business
- Grandparents moving in
- A new baby
- A big opportunity for one of the homeschoolers
- A divorce or death in the family
- Some things are life shattering, some are so very positive!
Whatever the change, change happens and new systems must be devised and put into place in your homeschool.
Look at your schedule. What are your deal breakers (what will save mom’s sanity because she’s the one who *drives the boat*)?
There’s not ONE right deal breaker but some we’ve seen are:
- No matter what, we are getting math done.
- No matter what, we are having supper together.
- No matter what, we are getting reading done.
- No matter what, we are getting to co-op.
Beware, though, of sacred cows. They are not actually deal breakers…we just can fall into thinking they are:
- Homeschool co-op (especially a high stress co-op)
- If you need a break, politely explain that you need to withdraw for the year.
- Family devotions
- We all love devotions but maybe there might be other formats to have spiritual formation during a big life-change time.
- Mom teaching every subject
- Do you need to revamp? Farm out a kid for a subject? Get an online course?
Remember this: Difficulty brings opportunity.
- What is the opportunity that God is inviting you and your family to?
- What do you need to do for self-care at this time? And your family’s self-care?
- What do your teens need to step up for?
- Ask what is a deal-breaker or a sacred cow?
- Involve your teens in the planning, decision-making and tweaking process?
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