We all get tired at times. Are you tired all the time? Have you been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? Or do you have a chronic illness such as Multiple Sclerosis? Many chronic illnesses wear on the energy system leaving you exhausted. So how are you supposed to get homeschooling done when sitting up is a chore?
First if you are blessed with older more independent children this could be turned into a delightful lesson in responsibility. When you make your lesson plan be sure to add in tired days. Items or small projects that your child can do while you are resting. Be clear with the directions for your projects so that you are not having to remember and then rewrite them the day that you are exhausted. Face it if you are like me when I get a tired, sick day my brain is fuzzy and thinking can be muddled.
Also I read an article (dear article writer I can’t remember you sorry) where the mom had two schedules. One schedule was a normal day and one was a sick day. On the sick day schooling was more self directed and had lots of reading and quiet projects. This is a great idea, again more for someone who has children that are more capable.
If you are blessed with younger children or a child that is not capable of being independent you need to provide an activity as well as being sure of proper care. If when you are sick you can prop yourself up and watch the kids maybe trade this day with Saturday. Or homeschool all year round with week breaks at regular intervals. This gives you enough of a cushion so that you meet all law requirements and you have enough learning time to excel.
You can ask your relatives to help. Ask dad to take on some schooling in the evenings and weekends. You could even ask another homeschooling mom to help you out. This might work great if you have a carpool to a local co-op and you can stay home and sleep.
Please try to understand those of you who do not have chronic fatigue. We don’t sleep and feel better afterwards. Our bodies are so tired that they shut down and we can literally fall over and not be able to get up off the floor if we push ourselves too far. The sleep that we do get is not restorative the moment we open our eyes we are bone weary. With this constant draw on our systems we can get aches and pain like the flu but for days or weeks on end. We can get fuzzy mentally, so forgetting to bring that food to the meeting, or forgetting your name is not because we don’t care. Our emotions are right on the surface, I cried because a friend offered to clean up and change my daughter after playing outdoors.
The best thing you can do is be a friend. Listen to us. Encourage us. Help if you can. A little help goes a long way if for no other reason than we don’t feel alone.
For those of you who deal with chronic fatigue, be of gentle of spirit. Talk to those around you so they know how best to help you. Rely not on yourself or on what others should be doing for you. Here is the scripture I turn to…sometimes many times a day.
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29