Discipline

Or a lack thereof.

Am I the only homeschooling mom out there who feels like it is a constant battle to reign myself in, hunker down and get the work done?

I regularly feel overwhelmed. And heaven forbid there is something else going on that day, like oh, picking up Daddy from the airport when he has been gone all week. Well, I want the house to look nice, and I have to pack for my own trip tomorrow, so the odds are not good that we will get much school done today. Sigh.

I do NOT have this thing down, that is for sure.

Sigh.

This is a theme for me. I start things very gung-ho and my follow through SUCKS.

So I am being called to have more discipline. The question is simply: what will my response be?

I am testing the mettle of my discipline in 3 main areas of my life right now….

1. In schooling. Can I be more disciplined to having them crack their books every scheduled day? To coming up with a routine and sticking to it?
2. In waking up earlier. Seems if I start my day before they do, I am prone to have more discipline. If I pray and shower, etc. then I am more likely to succeed in these areas throughout the day.
3. In exercise. My gung-ho personality loves to exercise – but my lack of discipline lets the day get away from me more often than not and before I know it I have gone a week or two without feelin’ the burn. Discipline in this area affects a lot of my life, not the least of which being my marriage – I am so much more likely to receive his love if I am feeling the positive effects of working out.

Discipline. Where do you struggle? Do you have a plan for success?

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4 thoughts on “Discipline

  1. Sarah says:

    I think you have hit them all!
    Discipline is tough and in each of those areas you mentioned, I think I've struggled off and on too.

    Schooling- I spent a year before we 'officially' started homeschooling decifering when was THE BEST time of day for my kids. When they were least resistant, crabby, hungry, tired. It was the morning. I decided then that the morning was when we needed to get school done. I still stick with that. I try my darndest to make appointments for the afternoons and other outings too. The sooner we start school and get into it, the better. Does it work every day? Heck no. But we try. I am also a 'planner'/'organizer' to the extreme, so for me schedule and routine have been important. Not rigidly so, but with good chunks of time devoted to certain things each day and the kids know when free time is, etc.

    In waking up earlier- I despise it. Really, I do. But as time has gone on, I KNOW that I need to just get out of bed and get the day started. And yes, same as you, I need to be showered & prayed (and some days I even get in my facebook/blog reading done too) before kids arrive on the scene. I can greet the day so much better that way.

    Exercise-I also go in spurts with this. I know I feel good when I do it. I know I feel healthier when I do it. But then I get in a 'funk' and out of habit for a few weeks and it's just easier not to do it at all. I fall off the wagon quite often!! 🙂

    Good luck, be patient with yourself and understand that we all go through the same things! Hope that helps!

  2. Megan says:

    Absolutely. I live in the constant state of wanting what discipline produces, but not what it requires.

    And I constantly feel like things are not as they should be around here, particularly in the homekeeping and homeschooling departments.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I could have written this post! Thank you for letting me know I am not alone with this struggle. I have read here off and on for a good while, but am not so good at commenting. This just hit too close to home not to, however. You will be in my prayers in this are as I address these same issues. God bless you on your journey!

    Additionally, I really enjoy reading your blog! It is a blessing!

    Sincerely,

    Mrs. Rebekah S.

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