On those tough homeschooling days, Erin suggests playing the “Glad Game” to focus on the many reasons you’re glad to be homeschooling.
There is a culmination of experiences that make me glad to be homeschooling my children. And while I know it’s not the best for everyone, I can’t help but love the way that homeschooling allows me to be there for all my children’s firsts while also learning alongside them every day.
But sometimes I get stuck in the trenches of parenthood and homeschool. I find myself hiding in the bathroom with my stash of chocolate.
Math gets hard. Handwriting gets frustrating. Parenting gets exhausting.
That’s when I could really use a dose of Pollyanna and her glad game.
Pollyanna and the Glad Game
Last weekend our family was a part of the ballet production, Pollyanna. What began as auditions five months ago became a beautiful and moving performance on stage at the local university.
My children were wayward orphans.
I helped corral some of the younger ballet students backstage (which I akin to herding feral cats).
One of the things I love about our local ballet theater is how they always promote a positive message from every ballet they produce. This year it was “The Glad Game.”
In Pollyanna, the glad game was all about finding something to be happy about in every situation. Pollyanna helps the entire town find happiness with her upbeat and positive attitude.
The five months we worked on this ballet truly helped to change my mindset. Some days we may grumble about math facts and history lessons other days we can choose to play the glad game! [Read more…]