Our local homeschool group has a tradition that is much-loved among all the moms in the group — a monthly mom’s night out. All we do is pick a local restaurant (or, occasionally, find a church willing to let us us their fellowship hall for a pot-luck) and hang out for a few hours, eating and talking. We never have a specific topic; it’s simply a time of fellowship. Inevitably, talk will turn to homeschooling as we commiserate or share tips or resources…but it doesn’t stay there long, because we’re just together as friends enjoying a time of recharging on mom’s night.
Why is it, though, that the times when I most need a mom’s night out seem to come when the next scheduled night is the farthest away? (To answer my own question, I think it’s probably because, when it’s time for mom’s night, I know it and it makes me feel less stressed just knowing it’s almost here.) Although I could usually answer this very question, coming from another homeschool mom, when I’m feeling this way, the answer sometimes seems unfathomable: How do you recharge and refresh when you’re feeling like you’re being pulled in a million directions?
When you feel that you have too many irons in the fire? When you feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day to do what needs to be done, much less what you’d like to do? When you can’t seem to have half an hour just to sit and do something you’d like to do, not something you need to do?
I’d love to hear some fresh ideas because I couldn’t find my Calgon this weekend.
Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.