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Whoa, what a week it has been. For some of us, we are in week two of a new routine we could never have imagined. And, if we are totally honest with ourselves, we never wanted. One week we are happily dropping our kid off at school, and the next, we are thrust into the world of homeschooling.

Suddenly there is this overwhelming pressure to be all the things to all the people. Not only are we expected to work from home, work around a spouse who is also working from home, but now we are trying to entertain and educate a child all day.

Give me all the coffee, please.

But here is the good news. There is no “Homeschool Mom of the Year” trophy. When this thing is all over, there will not be a winner or a loser. There will just be those who strapped on an apron and made some lemonade out of lemons.

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So while you are trying to figure out what your new, hopefully very temporary, routine looks like, it’s okay to let your kids play on their devices a little more than you usually do. And, it’s okay not to know where to even begin with schooling. If you thrive on hour-by-hour schedules, make one that works for your family. If those stress you out, don’t make them and just wing it. The only rules there are to this new homeschooling mom gig are the ones you make for yourself.

So, Mama, give yourself some grace. Make a goal for the day and be happy when you have met 75% of it. You don’t need permission not to do one piece of school work all day because you instead decided to snuggle and watch movies. Even before the craziness of this pandemic, most homeschool families will tell you that no two are alike and that my mama friend is the beauty of homeschooling. You have this fantastic opportunity to teach your kiddos all sorts of things they wouldn’t learn in the classroom. Use this time to catch up on a project, try something new, or you know what…do nothing at all. There are no rules, my friend, no rules.

It’s okay not to feel okay about what is happening around us, but whatever you do, make sure you are kind to yourself. This time is hard, but you can do hard things. Remember, not all superheroes wear capes.