Have to admit, it does start to pressure up to "DO MORE" but as someone who mostly homeschools year round (just changes up the focus a bit) I don't like having that external pressure being added. So many expectations that everything is planned out, that all curriculum is paid for and purchased, that children have all their school supplies and all that "stuff". I don't like that pressure and it can make me feel nutty in my head.
Thank goodness I have this fellow in my corner.
He knows me well enough to know when I'm getting nutty in my head and simply asks "what's up?". Clarifying for me what's going on in my head when I might not the knowledge to figure out until he simply asks.
Then he simply walks me through what's going on so that I stop being nutty in my head about the external pressures that are going on.
So what kind of things get me going?
1. BUY THIS it's the best ______ ever!
2. Get this freebie...get it NOW.. get it today. You'll regret it if you don't!
3. Use this planner! Seriously.. it will solve all your problems.
4. Don't forget to add this to your new year..if you don't you won't have a well-rounded student.
5. Squeeze this event into your summer cause you won't have time once school starts!!!
and more... all the pressure to do this and that....can make a body feel like failure if they listen to it all...and sometimes it gets to me.
There are times when I wonder if I am the only one who gets this way.
I assume that I am not as God's word tells me that there is nothing new under the sun. NOTHING.
My fellow helps get my head thinking and then I am to process what all is going on in my head and heart, able to talk to God about what is going on, and then (and only then) free to figure out if I truly do need something or if it's just the hype of everything getting to me.
It helps too that I homeschool year round, we do maintain a lighter schedule in the summer, but we keep things going. So I don't have to give into some of the pressure that I end up feeling.
How do you work around the hype of back to school season?
Does it ever get to you at all?
If so, what tricks do YOU use to keep yourself sane?
Marcy @ Ben and Me
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Amy @ Homeschool Encouragement
Missica @ The Open Window: An Autism Blog
Misty @ Year Round Homeschooling
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity
Clarissa @ Counting Our Blessings
Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Monique @ Living Life and Learning.
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