As a new homeschooler, the only challenges I’ve faced thus far have been personality battles and scheduling snags.
I was feeling like I could handle it all …..
Until I got pregnant with Baby #5.
I’m not sure if it’s because I’m busy chasing many small children, or because I’m a little older, but this pregnancy has knocked me for a loop. Between the bone crushing fatigue and endless nausea, I feel like I’m so behind that I’ll never catch up.
I’m certainly not the only mother to find herself in this challenge. I’ll share my tips to what has helped us weather the storm.
1. Enter Survival Mode
Check your schedules and calendars, and eliminate the extra. Signed up to bring snacks to soccer practice? Graciously bow out. Learn the fine art of saying “No” to things that aren’t essential. I’ve missed a lot of playgroups this first trimester, but I’m giving myself permission to rest and grow a baby.
2. Enlist Some Help
I’m blessed with a husband who understands how rotten I feel during the beginning of my pregnancies. He’s pitched in with cooking, cleaning, childcare, and keeping me supplied with drinks. He knows that it’s not always 50/50 in a marriage. Right now, I’m only pulling about 20%.
Ask your mother, sister, or close friends for help. If your budget allows, a housekeeper or mother’s helper may save your sanity, and allow you to get some rest.
3. Keep the fluids coming
It’s easy to get dehydrated while pregnant, even in the early days. Symptoms such as nausea and headaches are compounded by mild dehydration, so keep your fluid intake up.
Can’t tolerate water? Try ice chips, popsicles, or sorbet instead. I can’t stand the taste of my ice machine anymore, so I’m resorting to store bought ice, and gallons of Simply Lemonade.
4. Change Up Your Schedule
If mornings get the best of you, why not teach in the afternoons or evening? Identify some times in your day when you feel the best, and try to get some schoolwork accomplished during those hours.
If you usually take the weekends off, you may have to juggle days around for a few weeks. You may be able to catch up on work during the weekend, if you’ve missed a day or two during the week.
5. Take a Break
Part of the beauty of homeschooling is the fact that it’s FLEXIBLE. No one will give you demerits if you take a few days, or even a few weeks off. Wait until you feel better, then pick up where you left off.
What about seasoned homeschooling moms? What are your best tips for handling the early days of pregnancy while trying to teach your children? Be sure and leave your tips in the comments.
Dianna is trying her best to survive her first trimester with Baby # 5 over at The Kennedy Adventures! When she’s feeling better, you’ll find her writing about her faith with her Saints and Scripture Sundays linkup. You can also catch her on Facebook, Twitter, and creating massive maternity boards over on Pinterest.