Why is it that there are some topics where people don't ask whether you need advice, they just seem to offer it anyways? Like when you're pregnant, people feel they have tons of expert wisdom they must impart to you, even if they were pregnant like 30 years ago. Or when your 3 yr old is having a meltdown in the middle of Walmart because you are not giving in to her tactics.
Of course, most people are just genuinely trying to be nice, where some people (in the case of random strangers at walmart) are just assuming that you don't know what you're doing and feel the need to intervene.
But why is it when you really need wisdom and advice, there's no one there to help? Why is it in the middle of the day, when you're weary from being consistent and you so much want to give in to the tantrums, to just throw the towel in turn on the TV.
And what's worse when I turn to the creative homeschool moms for ideas, instead of feeling inspired, I feel incredibly inept and like a complete failure. How on earth do these moms with like 6 kids do it? Not only are they able to plan their awesome home cooked meals a week in advance, they actually follow through with it instead of looking at the clock at realizing its 7 and not even thought about dinner. Not only do they homeschool their kids, but they do all of these neat activities, while having younger kids play with each other without a problem.
I'm struggling teaching one while having my younger ones occupied. They used to play great back in the room while B and I did schoolwork. Now they quarrel consistently, and then in turn squeal and screech the highest volume possible. They hurt each other, and by the time I get back there for the 50th time in 20 minutes, I've had it and then discipline out of anger, rather than of love. I hate to admit it but it's true.
I'm desperate to figure out what, practically speaking I can do with my youngest two. And then, on top of those two, how do I deal with my oldest who is annoyed by every and anyone? Granted, we're still in the process of working the kinks out of homeschooling. I know he's eager to get out and run and play. But it's hard to meet all of their needs AND have food ready for them AND manage to get dressed (notice, I didn't even fathom a shower!) I didn't even mention anything about the housework.
For a few weeks, I tried a schedule and that worked out okay, despite the littles trying to kill one another. So I'm still trying to fix that. But I loved the idea of a schedule and Braydon thrived on it. I was able to get most of what I needed to do finished, but still my main struggle is the littlest two. So how on earth do you folks do it?!? Most of the time I could occupy Makenna Rae, but then JoJo starts screaming and then everyone gets upset, frustrated and irritated.