Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday's Tip {from a Mom of 10} When Your Day Needs an Intervention!

Ever have one of those days, especially as a homeschooling mama, when everything was going wrong?  Maybe everyone "got up on the wrong side of the bed?"  Every one's nerves are on edge and you feel like you are about to explode!?!  Today I want to share some helpful ideas for a day going down the wrong track!!

When your day desperately needs an intervention, try one of these tricks:

1.  Take a coffee break.

Fix yourself a cup of coffee or tea and fix the children some tea or hot chocolate.  Give everyone a mug (and maybe a cookie); put the baby in the highchair with some juice and a cracker (or in the crib if he or she is cranky) and have a little coffee break (or make it a tea party!) with only pleasant conversation allowed!  (Don't rehash the morning's problems!)  Perhaps combine this with trick #2 below.

2.  Read the Word and pray.

Get out your Bible and read one of the tear-stained pages that keep you going in the rough times!  If your children are readers, ask them to each read (or quote) a favorite passage.  Pray!  Get your children to pray!  Ask God to rebuke the enemy and to fill your home with His peace.  Refuse to give Satan the victory!

3.  Go back to bed and get up again.

Seriously, I've done this!  I've sent everyone back to bed for 15 or 30 minutes. I've gone back to my bed and cried and prayed and read some words of encouragement, whether from The Word or from a favorite book, such as, Seasons of a Mother's Heart by Sally Clarkson. Then, when my spirit was calmed, I got up and "woke up" each of the children very cheerfully, and said "Good Morning" like that was the first time I had seen them that day!  :)  I often sang, "Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory!"  :)  And we just restarted the day on a better note!  (Try it; it works!)

4.  Take a walk.

I recently read an article about how taking a walk can improve your mood.  For many years, when I was deep in the trenches of homeschooling many children, we would stop our school work at about 11:30 or 11:45, find shoes and coats if need be, get out the double stroller, and take a walk around our neighborhood. Sometimes, I let the older kids ride their bikes while I walked with the younger ones.  Then, we came home and ate lunch.  Sometimes, I put a pot of quick Taco Soup on to simmer before we left the house, so it was ready to warm us up when we got home.  It was heavenly on a chilly fall or winter day!  Somehow, the tensions of the morning almost always evaporated on this walk, and we all came home feeling cheerful and refreshed!  

5.  Take a PE Break.

This is similar to #4 above.  Sometimes a little break for physical exercise can do wonders!  It provides a scene change, relieves stress, improves mood, and gets out some of that extra energy that little kids (especially boys) always seem to have!  As boys get older, and that testosterone kicks in, if they don't use some of their aggression up through hard physical work or sports, they will direct it to their siblings; therefore, plenty of hard work and exercise is essential to the peace of your home!  So, on one of those days, send the kids out to run and play for a bit!

While they are outside exercising, you may want to squeeze in some exercise, too.  May I suggest a T-Tapp workout?  These in-home workouts come in all lengths, from 5 minute workouts to hour-long workouts. The popular TappCore DVD contains 9 powerful moves that can be done during little breaks in your day and can also be done with the kids!  There are even try-before-you-buy moves on YouTube that you can do for free.  Currently, I'm part of a group that is doing a little challenge through the month of August where we commit to doing two sets of 8 of these Tricep Trimmers every day.

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I'd love to have you leave a comment and tell me your favorite interventions for a very bad day!  You can also share your favorite T-Tapp workout!


JES said...

I really needed this today (right now actually)! Thank you for linking it up with the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

busymomof10 said...

Thanks for the encouragement Jes!

Susan Shipe said...

I'm an empty-nester but thoroughly enjoyed your post and tips! I'm a T-Tapp fan also and just bought a new dvd with the birthday special discount!
Visiting here from Woman to Woman today!

Gentle Joy said...

We have done many of these things... they do help! :) Sometimes a change of schedule does also.... once in a great while, I will tell everyone to gather their school books... then we go to a country type park near us w/ a lake and we do school at the park... seems to rejuvenate all of us. :) Thank you for posting.

Tracy Fredrychowski said...

Going for a walk always helps me. It clears my head and it is a great way to practice walking meditation...my form of finding peace in my life. http://oursimplelife-sc.com/walking-meditation/

Shelly said...

I am getting so much out of your Tuesday Tip series, Elizabeth. I have moved beyond home schooling, but your tips still really help me in a difficult season of life I am in right now. Thank you.

busymomof10 said...

Appreciate the positive feedback! Shelly, your comment really blessed me! :)

strainme said...

Love your ideas, especially the going back to bed, and the tea party! :)

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