Q: How do you keep going when they are flat out naughty?
A: I have found that doing a 1 week “behavior bootcamp” before beginning the year helps a lot! It gets them in the routine and allows me to deal with discipline issues prior to the learning season. Again, you must be consistent and it is exhausting, but it will pay off. When they are naughty, despite my attempts at directing them, we take time in our own rooms and refocus with quiet time. That rarely happens, but I feel that being with one another is a privilege and they should treat it as such.
Q: How do you keep the littles entertained?
A: I get this a lot and I have touched on it a few times. We have a coat closet that we turned into a school closet. It houses all of our games/manipulatives and that keeps them occupied. They also play in their rooms and I allow them 30 minutes of TV during school time. They have their own routine, as well, so that helps. It’s also important to be realistic and know that you will be holding a little one during part of your school day. School isn’t a “leave me alone, I’m teaching your older siblings” kind of situation. It takes discipline for you as well as them. 🙂
I hope that helped. There were more questions, but I tried to focus on those asked the most often. 🙂 You can always follow along via instagram @thequickjourney.