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  1. When I was a young wife and mother I enjoyed keeping house, but now that I'm much older and I'm much busier with work outside the home and homeschooling, I find housework to be such a drudge. I love a clean, organized home, but it all too often seems impossible for me to achieve and so I find it to be a source of depression at times. My home isn't filthy, but I don't come close to being the homemaker that I would like to be. I do get help from family, but the majority of chores still falls on my shoulders. I know a lot of moms here have talked about letting it go and not having housework be a priority. If this is you, doesn't it get to you after awhile? How do you manage, cope, persevere? Lately I've been working on my attitude, trying to take on more thankfulness as I meditate on the many blessings I have. When I'm doing the dishes, I thank God for the food we have that is the reason we have dirty dishes. When I'm folding laundry I thank Him for clean water and electricity. As I'm tackling the endless dusting, vacuuming and other chores I am giving thanks for the fact that we have this shelter and roof over our heads that offers us warmth, protection and light. As I do these things, I also think about my dear family and how much I love them. Yet even though I'm working on taking on a new attitude, I still find myself lacking in joy. Then today I remembered listening to "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence, and decided to listen to it again. I'm hoping that I'll get inspired and once again love serving others through keeping my home. (If you have never heard this recording and would like to, is a link.) I'm interested in hearing from others about attitude and feelings about doing housework. Do you struggle like I do, or do you find joy and fulfillment in it? I hope my poll covers enough choices, but as always -- if I've left something out, please feel free to post your thoughts. Blessings, Lucinda
  2. We are new to HSing, we have a DS, 10 and DD, 4. We just pulled out DS this year, gifted but also ADHD inattentive (ADD). Daughter is in 1/2 day PK b/c of vision impairment. I was wondering, for those who have been doing this a while...how do you get to a state of balance? I really, REALLY, think I need to know. We have a full curric for DS and also have been supplementing to enrich. He is methodical and takes a little longer, but really loves to learn and will put in the time. We put most time in when DD is at PK 5 afternoons a week (just 3 hours, plus bus), but he also works on his own on assignments, projects, and reading. We have done 2 co-ops all year. We wanted to do this to continue giving him classroom experience. One I've just been helping in the PK group, the other I teach 1-2 classes each session for the olders. We also have a 3rd co-op which is a morning preschool playgroup. This is our 3rd year with the group and it is a very laid-back group. Son comes and works on his own during this time. I think I'm a little stressed, we are also leading Cub Scout den and dad is coaching travel soccer. We also take care of a lot for my mom who is in her 80s, financial and medical. I've felt a little tight on energy all year, but have really felt pinched the last couple of months. I'm also getting a little impatient with some of the other kids at the co-ops who run a bit wild. My last class last week it almost seemed like the kids didn't have a strong curiosity, they just wanted to get through. I don't want to give up co-ops, I think they are wonderful in many ways -- but should I scale back to basics a bit? I really don't care for having to keep other kids in line in a class (running, messing around) -- time is so precious I feel if they don't want to learn they shouldn't be there, or their parents should be there to monitor them in class. I also feel like this limits how much our DS can learn in these groups--this isn't what I want at all. So, how do you ever manage to find out what works for you, and cover al the bases? Please, any suggestions would be much welcomed. Oh, and my house looks a bit like a tornado has come through it. Actually, we did have a flood last fall which caused significant damage as we were just starting HS year. And my mom and DD have had some health issues to address. Again, any suggestions or magic wands to make things smoother would be much appreciated! Amy
  3. I am working really hard getting rid of clutter (hard to do with a packrat for a husband and three kids 4 and under). I am also making a clean house more of a priority. I want everything organized and neat when we start HSing in July. What is your best trick or habit that you use to motivate yourself or makes the most difference in keeping your house clean? What is something you are trying to improve on? Maybe we can give each other hints to make our lives easier!
  4. How do you get it done? Seriously. What's your schedule to fit it all in?
  5. Yesterday I found some things made in the USA from recycled plastic. A broom by Casabella (Ecipse) and some plastic plates & cutlery (aka flatware) by Preserve. The broom has a detachable handle and you can buy other accessories to turn it into a mop etc, so that you only need one handle. The handle is metal, but other parts are made from recycled soda bottles & it has the official green logo. Now I just need to find the mop head to go with it for days when I'm in a hurry. Usually I hand wash floors.
  6. If you have not given Chorebuster a try, you must, you simply must. It is highly exalted in this house. You go to the site, enter the people in your family capable of helping and how difficult their jobs should be, how much of the load they should get. Enter the chores that need to be done, how often they should be done, who is NOT able to do each one, and how difficult they are considered to be. For a donation, you can enter other info, like whether you will pay a reward for the chore. The site generates a fair list of chores and emails it to you each week. You can print out the schedule and also email people's chores to them every day. I am in LOVE, I tell you!
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