Friday, November 25, 2011

Take Time for You

Wow, I really dropped the blog-once-a-month ball, didn't I. *sigh* Maybe an early December blog will help make up for it. 

A homeschooling parent is a frazzled, how-am-I-going-to-get-it-all-done person. You’re trying to give your child(ren) the best education possible. You have educational books and supplies on nearly every surface of your home! You also want to maintain a clean and tidy home, put nutritious meals on the table, and spend time with your spouse (if you aren't a single parent). You probably serve in your church in some way, and you may even fit community service into your schedule. You may also have a job! (or two or three if you are doing the single parenting thing with no other income).

Along comes December. Here is an entire month you can devote to special studies, not to mention those life skills of baking, gift-making, and decorating! There are multiple parties and multiple opportunities to give to charity. Because you want your children to learn that more blessings come with giving than receiving, you involve them in charitable activities.

Is it any wonder your head starts throbbing and stress weakens your immune system, causing you to get sick?

This Christmas season, take time for yourself. To best serve your family, you need to be healthy and relaxed; stressed out and frazzled just won’t do. Schedule a little “me” time for yourself each day, even if it’s just half an hour. Don’t neglect your private time with God. You need His guidance! You need His peace in your heart!

This “me” time will most often take place in your home; perhaps you can enjoy a bubble bath or soothing music. You can also go out occasionally. You might sit at the library or in a coffee shop. Do whatever will help you “recharge your batteries.” When you do that, you will be better prepared to encourage your family.

During the hustle and bustle of the season, remember to take time for you. May God bless your efforts. Merry Christmas!

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