1. Schedule a quiet time.
Quiet time, in my house, is during the toddler's afternoon nap. The other kids can play outside, read a book, work on a craft, and occasionally I will let them use electronics. However, the big rule is that you DO NOT BOTHER MOMMY. This is my time. Recently I have been taking naps during this time. Sometimes I blog, read, cross-stitch... there are many way I recharge. The bottom line is schedule a time during the day that ALL kids are quiet. For us it is usually about two hours long. If they get electronic time, they do not get two hours on electronics, so they have learned to occupy their time quietly for me. My kids have tons of notebooks and they love to draw and write stories during quiet time.
3. Be careful with co-ops.Some co-ops can be highly stimulating while others can be more laid back. Make sure you try out a co-op before committing to it, or you may regret signing up for it. Look for something your family can enjoy, whether it is a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly co-op. We cannot handle a weekly co-op, nor could we handle a rigorous program. We found a co-op that is gentle on the kids and me as a mom with friends that understand my need as an introvert. I have never been judged and have only been greeted with friendship and love. I hope everyone can find a group like I have found.
4. Keep one day a week a "do nothing" day to regenerate.Usually our Sundays are our do nothing day. We don't make plans besides going to church. We relax as a family and spend the Lord's Day recharging our minds, souls, and bodies. This day is so important to us because it gets us ready for the week ahead.
5. Take time out at the end of each day to regenerate.This is so important! While working evenings, I come home tired and ready to pass out in bed. However, I have learned to take some time with my husband and recharge. We tend to put on some TV and I do a craft next to my husband and we talk. It is a simple end-of-day ritual that has made all the difference in my attitude.
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