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November 5, 2014 Edition 

Taking breaks - Eliminating Burn-out   

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Gena Suarez



Hey Mama,  

Have a lighter day than planned today, if you can. Today all the "stuff" will get done, but you and I both should remember: 
  1. It doesn't have to be done perfectly.  
  2. Two weeks from now, how important will it still be?
  3. There are precious little "things" far more crucial to tend to: hearts that you are molding, little faces needing kissing.  
  4. It may not all get done. Who cares, right? There's always tomorrow.
Today CAN be light. It CAN be full of laughter instead of furrowed brows and rushed activities. Drop a couple things if you must. House not clean? Again--in two weeks, will you care that on today your house was a pit? I know I won't.

Today I'm playing with my kids. I'll work, too. I'll even brush my hair (maybe). But I'm going to try to keep my priorities in place: And my "stuff" can wait.


~ gena

PS. Feeling burned out? Here's some advice from the magazine:


Burnout in Homeschool City - Todd Wilson

Hercules Overwhelmed: Dealing with Homeschool Burnout - Adam Andrews

Planning for a Year Without Burnout - Dr. Mary Hood, Ph.D.

Burnout-and Recovery - Malia Russell

Ten Years of Burnout - Deborah Wuehler

Ten Burnout Busters - Marybeth Whalen



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Once upon a time there was a homeschool mom who thought she could homeschool without taking a single break. Within a short time, her kids hated school, she dreaded school, and they all hated each other. The End.


Not a very pleasant little story, but a powerful reminder that you NEED to take breaks. Even the all-knowing "Institutional School" knows that breaks are important. That's why they have Fall break, Spring break, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, Parent/teacher breaks, and a half dozen other national holiday breaks.


They take those breaks because they all NEED breaks.

So do you. And, even if you love the whole school thing and get all jazzed up by doing school, I'm betting your children need the breaks.


The great thing about homeschooling is that you can take breaks when you need them, not just when they hit right on the calendar. In fact, you can and should be taking randombreaks often. They don't have to be long, and they may just be starting the school day a little later or finishing it a little earlier, or taking the day off to go outside, go on a field trip, or play games.


I'm telling you Mom, if you don't take breaks, you'll kill everything you're trying to accomplish. You'll kill the love of learning and tarnish the reputation of homeschooling. Still can't do it? Then listen to the homeschool expert who is telling you to take the day off, enjoy the fall weather and your children, get some things checked off your endless list and then start fresh the next day. That's just what the doctor ordered.


Be real,




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The Great Katie Kate Offers Answers About Asthma is the third book in The Great Katie Kate series. In this book, written by Dr. M. Maitland Deland and illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin, the Great Katie Kate appears to three children, Julie, Andrew, and Claire, and helps each of them navigate their new asthma diagnoses. She explains to each about types of asthma triggers, testing and medications the doctor has prescribed, and why it is so important to follow the doctor's directions. She also helps them remove Worry Wombat, a characterization of the very real fears and concerns they have, from their lives. List price for this hardcover book is $14.95.


With a houseful of asthmatics, we are no strangers to nebulizers, peak flow meters, and controller and rescue medications.  We found this book to be a great resource for the younger children, and a nice refresher for the older ones. It explains the process of diagnosing asthma (including possible tests that a doctor might do,) followed by a variety of treatment plans. The Great Katie Kate uses medical words such as bronchi, spirometry, and nebulizer, but then explains them in kid-friendly terms. This way, when parents and doctors discuss the child's condition and care plan, the terms being discussed are familiar and less intimidating. By explaining the diagnosis and treatment processes in a simplified manner, this book empowers young asthmatics to help be active in their own care. (. . .)


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