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Please help me get my excitement/motivation back!
July 6 at 9:53 PM

I was, like many of us, really worn out and burned out at the end of the school year in May. I was hoping taking a nice long FULL (no schoolwork) summer break would re-energize me, but I've found the opposite to be true. I am dreading starting back in a couple of weeks! I have looked over all our curriculum and it all sounds really exciting... but I just can't find my enthusiasm. I know part of the trouble is we moved the school room to a smaller bedroom so our girls could have more space, and it's all kind of a MESS in there. I need to get it decluttered and ready to go. 

I'm just not sure what to do to get excited and energetic though. 

How do you keep up the momentum (or get it in the first place!)?  New school supplies? Taking a mini-vacay AWAY from the kids (we've been so so so so so together this summer that franky, I am a little sick of them and am sure they are a little sick of me too!).

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  • anzm33
    by anzm33
    July 6 at 11:20 PM
    I know the feeling! this year I am going to take a month off in december to have my fourth baby and another month at the end (july) trying to do more of the year around approach. . My girls prefer year around and hate summer break as well. As far as supplies I always have a stash and I watch for sales 24/7 on supplies and buy them when on sale in bulk instead of feeling forced or rushed in the start of the year to make all sorts of purchases (husband calls me a hoarder lol). I would 100% find a sitter and head out just yourself for a girls pamper day and or on a date with your husband to refresh yourself before starting the next year im sure from the sounds of it you really need to and there is nothing wrong with it either :) try to stay sane!!
  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    July 7 at 9:01 AM

    School supplies are something I'm always jazzed about.  A new calendar can do it for me, too.  :)  I also went to pinterest and found signs that I like for our school area and printed/laminated those to hang.  My webelos scout made me bulletin boards to hang stuff up, and I went ahead and changed our layout so we have work nooks....just spaces behind furniture or whatnot with a carpet remnant from when we first moved into the house.  Those things jazzed them up, so it got me going again.  Also, I have a more structured (?) schedule.  Goals, I guess, more like.  I felt completely like a failure at the end, but then looking back through what we got accomplished last year, I started feeling better.  Now I have guides that I highlight (oh, I do love me some good school supplies) when we've hit those targets.  A different color for each kid, which match the colors of the dry erase markers I use on the calendar in the kitchen for each of their activities.  :)  And books.  I love books.  :)

  • bluerooffarm
    July 8 at 8:45 AM

    I sent my boys on a vacation with their grandparents and next Saturday they go for a week at summer camp.  I'm still with my youngest who is not old enough for any of that.  I cannot get jazzed about getting him started on his work.  I haven't really looked through the Alpha MUS book although I just freakin finished that book with my middle so that might be part of it.  

    So if it is at all possible, I do suggest taking a small vacay from them.  I am totally ready to start Zave and Levi, but I just keep dragging my feet with Q.

  • jen2150
    by jen2150
    July 8 at 9:26 PM
    I start with a week of our favorite activities. Reading, library trip, field trip and project ideas. There is nothing like a good documentary to get me going. Shopping for school supplies always gets me going as well. Start slow and gradually add in your favorite activities. Start with your strengths.
  • Dawn07
    by Dawn07
    July 8 at 9:35 PM
    You need a break from the kids. I didn't get any motivation back until I had several breaks away from them. I just needed some me time to regroup and recharge.
  • hipmomto3
    July 8 at 11:50 PM
    It looks like the childrens museum may have a day camp they'd all be interested in. I'm going to ask them in the morning. Maybe one of those days, DH & I can go out & have a fun day, just us. I think a break (for them, from me, too!) is just what the dr ordered.
  • TJandKarasMom
    July 10 at 8:02 AM
    Oh my this sounds wonderful. I want your guides. I need guides/goals. And I need to see progress. I don't want to test my kids but part of me does because the last/first test didn't go so well. I feel like I need to see progress.

    Quoting hwblyf:

    School supplies are something I'm always jazzed about.  A new calendar can do it for me, too.  :)  I also went to pinterest and found signs that I like for our school area and printed/laminated those to hang.  My webelos scout made me bulletin boards to hang stuff up, and I went ahead and changed our layout so we have work nooks....just spaces behind furniture or whatnot with a carpet remnant from when we first moved into the house.  Those things jazzed them up, so it got me going again.  Also, I have a more structured (?) schedule.  Goals, I guess, more like.  I felt completely like a failure at the end, but then looking back through what we got accomplished last year, I started feeling better.  Now I have guides that I highlight (oh, I do love me some good school supplies) when we've hit those targets.  A different color for each kid, which match the colors of the dry erase markers I use on the calendar in the kitchen for each of their activities.  :)  And books.  I love books.  :)

  • mem82
    by mem82
    July 10 at 8:33 AM
    It sounds like you need to get nice and bored, first. Then buy school supplies. Lololol
  • mem82
    by mem82
    July 10 at 8:35 AM
    It sounds like if you force yourself to get your school room straight, you'll get more into the idea of school.
  • 4wildbeasts
    July 10 at 9:36 AM
    Hopefully you can get the kids excited about day camp at the museum. I would then spend the week doing absolutely nothing but recovering from summer. I would read a book, watch tv, or whatever you do to decompress and try to get some time with your husband. Then the following week I would get the school room ready for the year. Maybe a new paint color or posters and then lots of new school supplies. Good luck, I have a serious case of the summer blahs.

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