Keep Dancing

***Originally posted on lifeinthespectrum.com.

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We returned from a our family tour de USA yesterday, and I could hear the end of summer clock clanging in my mind as we walked back in the door. Our kids have a few short days before school begins once more, so I decided to have a mini-meltdown today to maximize that time with them. While I could send you a list of reasons that would (sort of) rationalize that temper tantrum, the short truth is this – I just don’t want summer to end.

I love the flexibility that comes with minimal scheduling. I enjoy having my kids within hollering distance and appreciate sharing meals during the day during my work breaks. Instead of reading about the world, we have time to go experience it instead. Not that we actually do that very often in reality, but we could (if that frickin money tree would start sprouting).

So my goal is this – find a working money tree.

And my backup goal (because it’s wise to have a backup goal when your initial goal is dependent on a botanical that can produce viable currency) is to find a way to live with greater freedom. Before you suggest it, I would like to note that home-schooling is not in the cards at this junction. This restriction is not based on any negative perceptions on my part but rather a conflict with my sanity (because oh em gee I would go bazerk trying to get them to stay on task) and their safety (because when the bazerk happens, my inner Tasmanian devil appears). Also my work schedule keeps me way too much in the weeds to add schooling to the task list.

But I do feel like there is another way out there. A better way. An approach to parenting and schooling and overall living that is less focused on schedules and deliverables and more focused on enjoying the days we have.

Do I know what that way is? Nope. No clue in the slightest.

Nevertheless it’s there. I’m certain of it, and thus my quest for the endless summer continues. I’ve already got the incessant heat (thanks so much to Texas for that contribution!), so there must be a way to keep the rest going, too. I want to keep dancing. It’s just a matter of finding the right rhythm. 😉

Wishing a lovely week to you all! Jo

***Originally posted on lifeinthespectrum.com.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Blueinkwriter
    Aug 21, 2018 @ 09:25:15

    I found someone to homeschool my daughter this year after spending the last 9 in private school. Teaching her myself wasn’t an option for me either, but there ARE other options, for sure. Hoping you find one that fits your needs. And your sanity!

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    • Jo Price
      Aug 21, 2018 @ 09:41:19

      That’s a very wise move. I know some mamas who knock homeschooling out of the park. One of my sisters in law is a homeschooling goddess. Truly. She completely changed my perception of homeschooling. Of course actual school school has also changed my perception but that’s a different post altogether. If we lived close to her, I wouldn’t hesitate for one second about hiring her to teach our children, too. I adore that you found someone. We need a good network like that!

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  2. waterbearer211
    Aug 22, 2018 @ 10:47:40

    “Endless summer” Now that is an idea I can get in board with!

    Reply

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