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Benefits to the Homeschool Parent: Savvy-er
8/28/2015 6:49:31 PM by: Susan Lyttek

OK, that’s not a real word and I know it. But it sounds better than Commonsenser. The fact is that homeschooling your children will exercise your common sense. It will help you become more savvy and matter-of-fact.

I’ll be honest. Smarts come fairly easily to me. Common sense about day to day life? Not so much.

But homeschooling has me to grow in daily logic and rational thought. Still, if you ask my guys, they might admit that I’ve improved in the category, but I still need a bunch of extra help!

Here are a few things that have helped me apply the savvy quotient to my days.

 

  1. Group similar tasks together. Left to my own nature and devices, my way of attacking a day has little, if any, sense of reason to it. When I forget to apply this step, I call myself the headless chicken. It means that I’m frantically running in every direction and not making much headway on any task or project.
  2. Sort, organize and plan. For most of my life, I considered all of those equal with curse words. I have never liked the process of organizing anything. My way of sorting paper or junk or anything else is to group it into related piles. But piles have a way of becoming bigger piles and soon I don’t know what any of them contain. When it gets to that stage, I become really stressed out. And when I get to that point, Gary, who is an organizer, has already been stressed about it for quite a while. That really isn’t fair to my poor hubby. As I said, I still need a lot of work on any of the common sense skills like this one, but I am making progress!
  3. Keep a central list of the items that need to be done for work, around the house, or for others. I have a tendency to write ‘to do’ items down whenever I think of them and on whatever happens to be handy. That is a good way for something to get overlooked. So I try to keep them all in one notebook, with the most pressing things and appointments written on the calendar in the kitchen. That way, fewer things slip through the cracks.

This remains one of my weakest areas, so as you read the post, if you think of any other techniques and tips for me, I’d love to hear them.

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