On Sunday afternoon, I had time stolen from me. Our home was broken into, cleaned out, and vandalized. As I looked at our smashed desktop computer –while realizing that all of our other computers were gone– I wondered how I was going to keep going with school. My mind gave me ideas, but they weren’t registering in my thoughts. All I could see was stolen time…
Even in this, I saw blessings.
The first was that school wasn’t going to stop over a damaged computer as I had my backup curricula and activities out and ready–none of which was damaged.
The second was that our desktop was repairable and I had a spare monitor that worked. No files were lost and we were able to resume computer work the next day.
The third was that the cleanup was easier than we thought it would be! The biggest pain was the broken glass, but everything else was a matter of putting things back in place.
Lastly, our children showed true resilience. Our routine has been shaken, but the beauty of homeschooling is that you can adapt quickly and sometimes in the worst of situations.
So, how do you redeem stolen time in your homeschool?
- Don’t try to jump right back into it full throttle! Didn’t you start the next day? Yep, I did, but with minimal work being done. We took time as a family to process what happened. Although school work was being done, that was much more important. If the kids wanted to stop, we did.
- Do something fun! Get out and go to a family favorite place–somewhere where you can let loose for a little while and have fun. It will help to recenter you and destress everyone!
- Make some changes! Sometimes this is the best thing to do. In order to maintain your level of organized chaos, you may need to change a few things in light of what has happened.
- Be there and present for each other! Redeeming time will be tough on everyone and it’s important to not get so caught up in doing so that you miss signals your family may be sending.
Keeping it short and sweet. Wishing you God’s best and Godspeed as you redeem any stolen time!