My morning began like this...
The Star Wars theme song (the one where Darth Vader walks in the room) starts blaring in my ear. My husband's phone was approximately 2 inches from my face. Ugh. Who wakes up to that? I stumble out of bed, and go try to wake up, while my husband just keeps sleeping like nothing ever happened. Gggrrrr.
I sat on the living room floor and tried to stretch out a little, when I see something out of the corner of my eye. It's fall, and I am on high alert. There are spiders and crickets and who knows what all over the place right now. I practically fall over myself trying to get away from the two giant spiders I see. I flip the light on, shoe in hand ready to attack...the pretzels my daughter dropped on the ground. Ugh.
Having a stressful morning? Nothing seems to be going right? Your child has been up a mere five minutes and you are already fighting about something?
My daughter and I have had our fair share of rough mornings since we started homeschooling. Here are some of my ideas for dealing with days that just are not going as planned, and bad attitudes.
Grab a small basket.
Go on a walk.
Follow your child's lead.
Look at the grass and leaves. If there are any leaves on the ground collect a few in your basket. If there aren't any on the ground, pick a few off the trees.
Talk about the changing weather. Is it windy? cloudy?
Getting outdoors is usually enough to improve both my mood and my daughter's.
Take the leaves back home and sort them by type. This took us about thirty seconds since we have 3 types of trees in our neighborhood.
Glue the leaves to a paper. You can be creative and make butterflies with drawn on legs and such or you can just glue a bunch of leaves to a piece of paper.
Q-tips make great apples for a thumbprint tree.
Don't worry if your child's finished product doesn't look like the finished projects on Pinterest. My daughter decided some of the apples were falling to the ground, hence the long red lines. Children do not need to color perfectly inside the lines for them to be successful in life. :) O loves messy work. For whatever reason it is a great stress reliever for her, so when we are having a rough day, I give her art projects.
Go to the playground. We always find someone there to play with, and O has an abundance of energy she needs to let out. This girl is going to move mountains one day, mostly because she has the energy to do so. :)
Side note: Yes, she has a regular bike. No, she doesn't want to use it.
They are only little once, and you (and possibly grandma) will be the only one(s) impressed that they learned their ABCs at age 2. It is way more important to live life and learn manners, respect, and thinking/analytical skills.
How do you survive a bad day of homeschool?