I ebb and flow as the leader of our little Spellman school. I'm gung-ho for a time then we kinda lull into an "it'll wait" type of mindset and it's always due to my sporadic leadership.
So I'm going to be setting up a new system and I think it might help. And I'm not going to tell you about it, cuz just as soon as I do the new system will fail. No, I'm not superstitious... I just know it happens that way.
Part of the fun of homeschooling is that you don't have to stick to a prescribed schedule... but there are times that I wished we did have more daily requirements by law, because it would give me better motivation.
Anyway, enough about that.
I have been reading more often. That was one of my new year goals (remember, I don't easily resolve). In the evenings, Steven and I usually end up sitting in the living room, each with our own book... (psst... don't tell him I said this, but his books are boring!). Right now I am wrapped up in reading the Bible - there is a 90 day program out there and I hopped onto it... I love it. The daily reading goals are not insurmountable and it is so nice to actually see progress so quickly. I am already to Nehemiah and I only started a month ago. Plus it's much easier to get drawn into the stories when you're reading chapters at a time and not just verses. I will admit that Leviticus was yucky-hard and other parts are just plain boring... but I do come away with a different perspective about something every day.
I'm also in a book study for moms at my church which I love as well. Right now we are reading this book:
Good and Angry: Exchanging Frustration for Character by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN
I read this book on my own a few years back when I only had 2 kids causing me anger and frustration, and it's great to read it again now a few years later... cuz while I see where I have successfully adapted some of their techniques... I can also clearly see that we have settled back down into some old (bad) habits too. It is so nice to be able to read it with other moms now - to gain their ideas and perspectives as well as just have the accountability... cuz that's obviously what I need when it comes to hitting the books!