Beat the Winter Homeschool Slump: Part 5: Do One Thing Different

Happiness comes more from our actions than our circumstances: about 40 percent of the average person’s happiness comes from things they do. So to get out of a rut, do something different. It’s almost too easy.

Happiness comes more from our actions than our circumstances: about 40 percent of the average person’s happiness comes from things they do. So to get out of a rut, do something different. It’s almost too easy.

Drop the thing you hate. Whether it’s driving to soccer practice or proctoring math worksheets, take a break from your least favorite part of your homeschool routine. Maybe you’ll go back to it in a few weeks or months, maybe you’ll find a substitute that’s a better fit. Either way, you’ll get a break that opens up a shiny new space in your daily routine.

That thing you want to do? Do it! Maybe it’s art afternoons or family movie night or science experiments — but there’s something on your if-only-we-had-more-time radar that you just never seem to get to. Put it front and center now, and make it your homeschool priority for a few weeks.

Get outside. Even in the middle of winter, a little fresh air can go a long way toward brightening your everyday routine. Make a point to spend at least a few minutes outside every day, and brave the weather to take a nature walk or just speed-walk around the block every chance you get.

Live in reverse. Our secret weapon for a really tough day? Go backwards: Start the day with dessert, pajamas, and a bedtime story, and work your way back to breakfast for dinner. It’s weird and wacky and somehow just the right thing to get everyone in a happier spirit.

The Joy of Lists

Add a little oomph to your routine with some strategic list making — it’s surprisingly inspiring, as you’ve no doubt discovered by falling into a Buzzfeed lists hole yourself now and again. Here are a few list ideas to get you started:

  • Field trips you want to take

  • Books everyone should read

  • Best movies about animals

  • Funniest fictional characters

  • Weirdest words

  • Things you learned this year

  • Books you read this year

  • Reasons you can’t clean your room today

  • Terrible characters in literature

  • Places you’d like to visit

  • Favorite family recipes


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