What happens when your mojo deserts you?
How do you recharge yourself and get back on the right track?
I’d love to know what you do. Right now I’m in a slump and I could do with some ideas and a cheerleader or two who has been here. I understand that by the time the end of the year rolls around everyone is starting to feel the need to slow down, take a break and get back some of their energy. I guess that this might be partly my problem. But I think there’s a little more to my missing mojo.
This year has been host to the most time that I have had to solo parent two children* without a really good support network to let me have time off. I don’t think a month has gone by when Mr Oh Waily hasn’t been away for at least a week of it, if not more. As well as this, up until the end of October I was regularly running three times a week when I was hit with an injury. Since then there has been minimal exercise carried out, a once a week weights & core routine with a PT has been it.
Adding to these external issues, is my lack of continuous forward planning. Despite having some great tools, courtesy of Jo’s My Organised Chaos course, I have failed in recent weeks to set aside time each week for planning and getting things set out. I have also found myself wandering away from my original Montessori leanings and focusing more on the “schoolish” formal teaching for Miss Oh Waily.
So in a nutshell here are my issues:
- Tired, run-down parent.
- Lack of implementation of planning time.
- Excess focus on Miss Oh Waily’s formal learning**.
- Not enough focus on Master Oh Waily’s learning^.
My intended solutions (so far):
- Start exercising again.^^ This will bring the biggest reward.
- Set aside a specific time each week to plan for the next week.
- Re-read Tim Seldin’s How to Raise an Amazing Child to remind myself of why I want this for my kids.
- Read the ebook Montessori At Home that I have just purchased to reinvigorate my activity creations.
- Find a babysitter so I can get some time off to be me and not Mum for a little while.
Now it’s down to implementation. Any other suggestions that work for you?
* My hat goes off to those solo parents who do this all year round. You have my complete admiration.
** It’s a thing about her turning 5, I’m sure of it. A little switch has gone off in my brain telling me I need to be “schooling” her now. 🙁
^ He is learning by osmosis mostly at the moment.
^^ I plan to try out my achilles heel when we return from visiting family after Christmas. If it holds up I will start back on my running. If it shows signs of being uncooperative I will look into going swimming as an alternative.