Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Stop, Regroup, Start Over...when Chaos Strikes Your Homeschool

Today was one of the hardest days I've ever had since my first decision to home educate our children. Having three officially schooling, one preschooler and a toddler can really be demanding on mom/teacher. The thought of ending is not an option for us (long story) but this chaos that occurred today gave us a good reason to regroup and start over at our Family Meeting.  Ever had one?  They are really great!

These are just a few of the benefits of holding regular Family Meetings (source: Family Meetings Website):
  • Promotes leadership
  • Establishes a solid family foundation
  • Stresses accountability
  • Builds confidence
  • Promotes goal setting
  • Improves self-discipline and cooperation
  • Teaches problem-solving skills
  • Teaches time and money management
  • Strengthens family communication
  • Resolves family conflicts

Here are some things that came out from our family meeting:

  • Going forward, we will be having weekly family meetings to discuss how our week has been. 
  • Children had to make confessions of the areas where they have been slacking and what they are prepared to do to fix things. 
  • New outlines were set and promises made. 
  • A consequence chart was revisited and adapted. 
  • There will be no yelling of any kind going on...(no need for it now that new punishments were instituted).

Isn't homeschooling lovely?  Do you have family meetings too?  What are some things that you do to handle a situation in your homeschool when things aren't working out?

Have a blessed week,

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