True Exhaustion From My Singleton

One of the best parts of being part of this whole blogosphere is the sense of community.  I know that some can’t understand how I would want to give and receive suggestions from total strangers, but…it doesn’t feel like that.  Of course you have your occasional bad apple; however, most of the time the words are shared with genuine help in mind.

So I have a question for all of you…

I am not new to parenting.  I have been a mama for nine years. I love my son and I love being a mom but some days are hard…maybe it is just harder for me than most.   It seems like that after I scan all the happy Facebook pictures of wonderful summer vacations and picnics and water play.

What is new for me is being a homeschooling mama.  Many of you know the struggles that resulted in pulling my TBP out of the neighborhood school and then working really hard to bring my happy, clever, engaged boy back to me.

I am okay with the education part; it helps that I’ve been a teacher for 20+ years so I understand the planning and teaching and curriculum aspects.  Been there…done that.

The part that is hard for me is the number of hours in each day… there’s a lot.

My son wakes up full steam ahead at 7:00 and while I appear to be awake, I’m not fully among the living until 8:00.  He plays video games while I slowly begin my morning.  Mid morning is when school begins and we are consistent about doing math, science, and reading everyday.  We add other social and learning opportunities throughout the week too. On most days, he finishes school before lunch and then we have the afternoon together.

Now, I love my son, but this later afternoon time is when I begin to struggle.

I need a break.

He doesn’t.

I don’t know if it is because he is an only child or not, but I am exhausted with all the chatter, the attention, the questions, the energy. I have tried to encourage “quiet room time” but that hasn’t worked.  I have tried implementing quiet mama time, but that results in just more video games for him and I’m trying to avoid that so…

What do you do?

How do you keep your only child busy, entertained, or just contained for a little bit so that you don’t lose your mind.  This used to be only a summer issue, but now it is a year round issue and I’m getting a bit freaked out about the many all day, everyday, days ahead of me.

As I write this, I’m partially joking but mostly…I’m really not.

Any advice for this mama with the intense, quirky, always questioning singleton?

This post was originally featured on Kelly’s blog, My Twice Baked Potato.