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    Have you heard of them? These type of homeschool days are something that over the years our family has implemented, especially when having to deal with special need issues. Particularly in the past when my son was much younger as he had great difficulty controlling his words and actions. Basically, he often would not think things through before acting. When this happened repetitively, (which was often the case) something had to change in the day.

    My daughter too, especially when she was younger, has had to have a restart to her day when attitudes and words have gotten sassy. But wait! I cannot forget myself. Years ago I had severe PMS issues that would cause my normally calm demeanor to be short tempered. Children are not the only ones that may need a restart.

    What did we do? Sometimes I would suggest we start our day over or one of the kids would say they needed a do over. A little bit of grace goes a long way in turning a terrible horrible no good day around. If there were days when we did not do this and instead muddled through, the day usually ended up being completely unproductive and quite honestly draining.

    Typically we would go to a quiet place alone (the key!) and either read quietly, play quietly, or take a short nap. After a certain amount of time we would come back together and if needed apologize and ask forgiveness. Usually hugging would be involved too. If it was a homeschool day I would try to pick a fun activity like reading a book to them, doing some art together, or exploring our yard to give the day a fresh and positive restart.

    Do any of your homeschool days ever need a do over?
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. thegaddy5's Avatar
      thegaddy5 -
      I absolutely loved this post! You are so right... a little grace goes a long way. Don't we all need a do over? I know I sure do, and how you enact it in your home is brilliant. I will have to give it a try. With six children, there are a lot of days that we need "done over!"
    1. Nicole McGhee's Avatar
      Nicole McGhee -
      I love the ideas on everyone taking time to rest and refresh and then coming back together for a fun activity. What a great way to restart your day!
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