My so-called challenges were nothing unusual, or of any real consequence but trying to keep everybody happy can have you running from one room to the other ... or one side of the room to the other ... or running outside because the baby decides to enjoy the puddles just a little too much!
Now, I still wouldn't class myself as a veteran homeschooling mum, but at least today I was able to remind myself, "it's going to be one of those days!" So although we accomplished our work, the timetable was thrown about. But that's okay, the kids and I don't notice that it's after 4 o'clock in the afternoon because we simply "go with the flow."
I have a tendency not to interrupt some activities for the sake of saying, "okay kids, it's time to do x, y or z." If I see they are doing something very constructive on their own, I let them carry on. And if one or both of the toddlers decide to throw a spanner in the works, then we adjust accordingly and simply go around another route to achieve the end goal.
This is just too cute not to include. Our little tama 3 sat up for lunch and as tama 1 read to me while I prepared some more meals, I glanced across and hello, tama 3 had laid himself down and nodded off!
I do like it when the children astonish me when they can read a word I would actually have thought they would stumble on, eg shoulder, mischief, murmured. It was words like oars, knot and heartily that took some thought for tamāhine1.