Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A New Normal

Homeschooling - the early days

Life doesn't stand still. As much as I would love to grab time by the tail and slow it down a bit, I can't.

I tend to mull over these thoughts whenever I'm facing another milestone or change in my life and family. The change that happens next week is that my younger child will start college.

After so many years of homeschooling, it's so odd to think of not teaching this fall. No curriculum to buy, no lesson plans to work out, no homework to grade.

In addition, no high school basketball season go gear up for. No practices to schedule around, no games to travel to, no programs to design and print.

I'm standing on the cusp of a whole new normal for me, and it's both thrilling and a bit daunting. People keep asking me what I'm going to do with all my time now, and the truth is, I don't know. I have a few options open to me, but I don't want to jump into anything without thought and prayer.

Are you facing a new normal?

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10 comments:

  1. The "no noise on the floor upstairs while my son sings and plays his guitar" I'll really miss, among many other things. BUT, I'll love not cleaning his bathroom, not turning off his lights, doing his laundry. I'll love cutting back the water bill, the gas bill, the car insurance bill.....etc. :) Hang in there. New is good. It brings new opportunities. And I'll love hearing about Ben's new normal! Can't wait for that!

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    1. I do love hearing about their adventures in their new normal. My son will still be living at home while he goes to college...so I still have to clean the bathroom. :)

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  2. Erica, shame! I've made my son clean his own bathroom since he was in middle school. He has also done ALL his own laundry since early high school. I used to wash, dry, fold and place all his clean clothes in nice, neat stacks on the stairs. All he had to do was take them up and put them away. He tumbled through them one time too many, messing up my nice neat stacks, so I put my foot down.

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    1. James has to clean his own bathroom, but it's not exactly "mom" clean, so either I or his sister usually does a little follow-through. My kids also have done their own laundry since they were in kindergarten. I figured if they could work the tv remote and the vcr, they could run the washing machine and dryer. :)

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  3. Oh man, I'm right in the middle/beginning of my homeschooling years and can't even imagine them not being there! The new normal will feel odd at first, I'm sure, but I know you can do it. :)

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    1. Susan, enjoy those days! They go by so fast!!!

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  4. Yes! I graduated this year, as well. So I'm facing what to do with my life now. I was homeschooled and it's so weird not to get out the new books and set everything up for a new school year. I actually kind of miss school - I might have to take some online college classes or something just so I don't feel so lost. LOL Never thought I would reach the point where I missed school.
    But change is a good thing. At least that's what I'm trying to convince myself of. Without change I would have no reason to stretch myself, grow, or reach out to God as often. Without change I would be stuck with status quo forever probably, since I'm not a real adventureous person. So change is good . . . and I will keep saying that until I believe it. :)

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    1. You and I both, Sarah! Change is good, change is good, change is good...and scary and exciting and fun and scary... :)

      Congratulations on graduating!!!!

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  5. My baby boys start preschool this year, and my second daughter will be in second grade at her private school, so it will only be my oldest and I home alone for three afternoons a week (she's in fourth grade this year), and I'm already wondering what we'll do with that time. :) No doubt school work. :) It's so hard to imagine what life will be like without the kids here. Thankfully that will be at least fourteen years from now.

    I hope you find the transition easier than you think! Enjoy your well-deserved "retirement" from homeschooling!

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  6. Time for you to add a little bonus time for yourself and the things you've wanted to do but didn't have the time for previously, Erica!! I have the highest respect for you as a previous home-schooling Mom and the patience, knowledge, dedication and responsibility involved.

    My new normal started 7 years ago this coming Nov. - when I retired for health reasons. SO many things changed in my life at the same time - I moved out-of-state to be near my aging parents, I no longer had a paid job to work at 40 hours a week, my income was cut in half, my dwelling place changed as did my church and friends, I had no schedule based around my work schedule for the first time in 46 years, health issues forced me to drop some of the activities I had been accustomed to - both inside and outside the home, and three elderly family members with health issues have created a whole new schedule for me.

    I don't think I've yet acquired a new normal due to the changes that continue to take place, but I'm working on it and God has been faithful to always guide me through each change!!

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