We’ve all been there.
A child who can’t seem to recall what 2+2 is…even though they’ve known it every day for the last three years. A sullen teen with eyes that seem to roll every time you open your mouth. A series of minor mishaps that send you into a bad mood.
Sometimes it’s something much larger. A move, a deployment, sheltering out of state because of a hurricane, a sick grandparent.
Bad mornings, bad days, bad months happen and we can’t, even with all our effort, prevent them from ever rearing their ugly heads.
Today’s video was an impromptu one, sparked by a case of the bad Monday mornings. At one time, it would have put our week into a total tailspin. Over the years, I’ve come to learn how much power I, as the mom, have to reset the day.
It’s not always easy, though. My natural inclination, in moments of frustration, is to get away from the kids. Sometimes, that is what I need for a few minutes. But that doesn’t actually help reset our days. I have to consciously choose to draw the kids in and draw us together.
21 Ways to Reset a Bad Homeschool Day
- Put away the subject that is causing problems and let them choose the next one.
- Grab a funny read-aloud, head to a comfy spot, perhaps with a snack, and read.
- If you aren’t up for reading aloud, grab your phone or tablet and turn on an audiobook. If you don’t have any downloaded already, you can get one through Overdrive (if your library subscribes), you can get two free books with a 30-day free trial to Audible* or try a famiy-friendly podcast like Kind World, Wow in the World, Kids & Family TED Talks, or Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd (for something totally frivolous).
- Go for a walk around your neighborhood.
- Head out to a nearby trail.
- Grab a book for yourself and head to a park. You can read while they kids play.
- Is there a field trip you could easily do?
- Library! Any reason is a good reason for a trip to the library.
- If leaving the house isn’t an option, grab your school work and head outside.
- If it’s too cold (or hot!) to go outside, relocate everyone to a different spot in the house. When I did that one time, one of my kiddos chose the bathtub!!
- Call another homeschool family for an impromptu get-together.
- Do a grocery run for a local food bank. Helping others is a sure-fire bad mood buster!
- Turn on an educational show on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
- Find an old movie on Netflix that you’ve never seen. (Day the Earth Stood Still, Battle of Midway, Young Mr. Lincoln)
- Head to the dining room table with a couple snacks and some hot tea or cocoa for a poetry tea time.
- Grab a board game or puzzle and get working!
- Pull out an art project. If you don’t have any ideas, have them create a piece based on history, the last book they read, a combination of two animals, etc.
- Send everyone back to bed…but just for a minute. At least once a year, I do a reset by sending them to bed, climbing in myself and then do a dramatic wake-up. The over-the-topness of it makes them laugh. And it’s a physical reminder that we are having a do-over.
- NAP! It’s my cure for everything, just ask my kids. They may not nap but they can read, draw, listen to a book, etc. while you take a 20-minute nap. Since sleeping literally cleans your brain, it can be a perfect reset.
- Skype the grandparents! Who doesn’t love getting an unexpected call from someone they love? And seeing their face? Even better.
- A delicious treat, like hot chocolate, while continuing your regular scheduled day can be just enough to reset everyone. Accompanied by a promise of ending early if they power through, this is probably the reset I rely on most.