Take a Day Off and Learn More

family-on-a-day-outDo you ever take a day off? There’s so much to balance when you are homeschooling; in between the academics, activities and everyday living, our learning can sometimes plateau. When life gets too busy it’s easy to feel worn down, at a loss for inspiration and enthusiasm. Even if we are on holiday or a summer vacation, though we may not be doing our usual tasks, it can mean more demanding tasks to bring together the fun. Even if we are in the middle of a regular schedule, being exhausted and at a loss for inspiration slows down the learning. This type of slow down not only impacts us mentally, but physically as well.

I am grateful there is an easy fix and if you give this a try you will be amazed at how much you can recharge, regain your edge and rediscover your enthusiasm. Remember, this is for the whole family and everyone will be taking off together benefiting the entire family.

The first step is to look at your calendar and determine a day you can take off.  When I say “take off” I mean take off from everything. Can you pre-plan meals or eat out? Absolutely! No housework can be done on this day. All other obligations must be put on hold. Don’t worry, what you place on hold will be waiting for you when you come back and I promise you won’t feel behind when you return.

Next, determine what you want to do on your day off. Since it’s for the whole family, make a list of ideas that are possible for your family to do and let everyone participate in choosing or do this on a regular basis and let each person take a turn choosing what to do on the day off.

Here’s a list of fun things to do that will rebuild, inspire and grow the love:

  • Spend the day with someone you love and would like to shower with attention. Make the day center around serving that person.
  • Make it a day of rest, sleeping in, sitting, resting, napping and keeping everything around you very quiet and peaceful.
  • Read all day long, from morning until night. This means you could read an entire book in a day. Everyone choose their own books. With little ones you can get piles of picture books and let them play with quiet toys while you read. Let them play in the backyard and while you are outside with them read.
  • Make it a hobby day. Choose one hobby that you love doing and do it all day long. Don’t pick up anything else, immerse yourself in that one hobby.
  • Spend the day outside. Take long walks, go to the park, walk around a lake, ride your bike, have a picnic, sit in the sun, lay on a blanket in the park and relax; choose what you like to do outside and do it all day.
  • Find something new in your local area to tour and make new discoveries.
  • Make it a day of art. Choose your favorite medium and gather all the supplies beforehand. Unleash your creative expression all day making things.
  • Spend the day with someone you haven’t seen in a while. Do something fun or just get together to let the kids play and visit.
  • Take a day to complete a project that you haven’t had time to do but with focused effort for one day will bring you farther or to completion. With many hands it can be done faster.

We tend to feel the pressure of busy schedules and give ourselves a million and one reasons why we can’t take a day off. In actuality, you can’t afford not to take the day off. Don’t hesitate. Just do it. If you don’t take the time your learning will slow, your stress will rise and your productivity will continue to decrease impacting what little quality time you have left in the day. This is true for everyone in the family, parents and children alike. When you give your body and mind rest, you will be empowered for greater learning and faster productivity. Take your day and you will discover how it empowers you to love more, live more and learn more.


Parents Inspired to Action:

  • Make a list of things to do on your day off. Remember, it needs to be something that will give you rest, feed your soul and empower you. Pace yourself and don’t cram your day, this is meant to fuel you, not wear you down.
  • Open your calendar and schedule a series of days off. It can be weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or quarterly. I suggest at least monthly. You’ve got to ink it in on your schedule and plan around it. Honor yourself and make it happen.
  • Parents can schedule a day off every month. Find someone to be with your children while you take a day all to yourself or as a couple with your spouse.


Children Inspired to Action:  

  • Gather together and talk about what everyone would like to do on the day off. You can schedule several at a time.
  • The day after your day off reflect on what you did, what you learned and what was experienced.
  • Journal the experience and encourage your children to express themselves. Get creative and have them make drawings or booklets about the day and what they learned.

What would recharge you the most on your day off? Please join our inspired families share by leaving a comment below.

About Donna Vail (63 Posts)

Donna Vail is an education-parenting specialist, coach, mompreneur, homeschooling mother of six children, author and founder of An Inspired Education. She helps families create a lifestyle of true freedom by balancing education, work and life through self-education, entrepreneurship and inspiration. She is a highly sought after consultant for her successful guidance and resources that enable parents to let go of traditional parenting and education models, creating a lifestyle of learning where the whole family flourishes. Donna consults families around the world who all repeatedly express their restored confidence in homeschooling, parenting and personal development. In 1995 when homeschooling was little known to the masses, Donna traded in her daily commute to the office, to work from home and homeschool her children. For the last 17 years, she has successfully homeschooled her children and now through her writing, speaking, workshops, special programs and private consults coaches parents around the world to success in their homeschools. Her passion for education excellence has her constantly researching and developing new ways to support and nurture children. She lives an Inspired Education with her husband and children in Plano, Texas. Connect with Donna and access her wealth of resources at her website: An Inspired Education.

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