How Do They Do It?

I have a thousand (give or take 990) drafts sitting, abandoned and lonely, in my blog dashboard. When the children were tiny, I blogged almost every evening after they went to sleep. I came to the end of the day physically exhausted, but mentally hungry after the demands of caring for toddlers and infants. I would sit my weary body in a chair and rest my fingers on the key board and let my mind free.

These days, however, while I mentally compose stirring turns of phrase all day, once the children are asleep my mind just as weary as my feet. Keeping up with a 4.5 year old who is capable of first grade math, and a 6.5 year old who is seemingly never filled with enough knowledge and begs for just one more chapter in history, or lesson in science, or chapter in reading is proving to be more taxing on my mind than when they were 1 and 3 and seemingly inexhaustible in physical exertion alone.

Additionally, despite what I felt at the time, the older the child, the more complicated are the needs that must be met. I have taken up sewing, because the mackerdoodle wants to wear long skirts, and keeps growing out of the ones she has. A four minute board book will no longer satisfy any of the children, so we are reading chapter books, and then discussing them. The questions are harder, the needs no longer limited to food and kisses, and when the day comes to an end I find that the deep thoughts from breakfast have atrophied.

I don’t normally struggle with comparison, but lately I have begun to wonder, how do these other homeschooling women do it? How do they find the time and the mental energy to write so frequently? When do they blog, and when do they educate, and when do they sort out the odd socks?

I don’t know. All I know is that it has taken me three days to write four paragraphs. Maybe that’s how they do it. Maybe They just write what they can, when they can.

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About Coralie

After 11 years of infertility, I am now a mother to three, a wife of a Presbyterian (ARP) preacher and a struggling homemaker. Welcome to my little corner of the net. Kick off your shoes, put your feet up and join the conversation. View all posts by Coralie

4 responses to “How Do They Do It?

  • thehomeschoolmomblog

    (smiling) I think it is different for everyone. My routine is pretty regular, so I can plan out when I want to sit and write. Sometimes I do it at the end of the day, once the kids have gotten into bed, and sometimes I write more than one post in a shot, so I can be ahead of the game.

    As for the rest… we homeschool pretty much from 9a.m. till about 2. Mixed in that fun are laundry runs and chores, which the kiddos help complete.

    Pretty much, you nailed it. I write when the moment is available and I tend to have an idea of what I want to write before I ever sit down. This helps reduce the time spent writing. Mostly, it’s being ridiculously organized and overly time-managed. (laughing) But, hey, it works for me.

    You know what gets me? Those moms with awesome pictures. Oh, man! I wish I knew how to handle my camera better or how to compose a better photograph. That is real talent, which I currently do not possess. Oh, well! It takes all kinds. 🙂

    • Coralie

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I’m new to this world of home education. It’s always good to hear how others do it.

      • thehomeschoolmomblog

        Welcome! I hope you enjoy the adventure and feel comfortable in sharing your fun with us. We always like hearing how other people do things and gaining inspiration, wherever it might derive. 🙂

  • Olivia

    I hesitate to contribute because I have never mothered…but although the needs never stop being complicated, I promise that eventually, we kids learn to do dishes, launder our own clothes, make our own lunch and match those socks for you. And maybe, eventually, that will make more time! Just hold on to those good blogging drafts until then!! 😉 For the record, I think you do a wonderful job meeting the demands of your doodles. I never fail to be inspired by the parents in the church!
    ~Liv

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