I know, I know, it’s a tired old phrase but the reminder is no less necessary. If you’re having a rough time, frustrated, or out of ideas, just give yourself a break! I’ve hit a rough patch in homeschooling, and while I’m not one bit surprised, it’s still hard and somewhat demoralizing. It’s a huge thing to adjust to, and we both have our issues. I’m struggling with feeling incompetent and impatient, two hot buttons of mine. No surprises there to any who know me :). I’ve had to step back a bit, and take stock of where I am, where he’s going, and watch and reflect for awhile.
One of the things I’ve been pushing is writing, which he needs work on, but every angle I try, I get huge amounts of resistance tossed back at me. Rather than continue to battle him on it, I’m dropping it for now. I’ll pick it up again eventually, but when we’re both ready, and not so battle scarred from trying! He’s not going to fall behind, and dragging us both through something we both hate is pointless. It’s more about our relationship, and less about writing I think. We both need to relax and build some things together before we try to write. Do what we’re good at, and let that drive the foray into things we both find challenging. He needs the break as much as I do.
A break is a good thing, no matter what you need a break from. Chances are, returning to it will be all the sweeter and easier!