In fact, I wrote about it in Living Simply (which you can order here, by the way). Multitasking means putting the milk in the pantry, my car keys in an obvious place where I will never EVER find them again ever, and generally losing my mind.
(On my first resume, I remember writing "multitasking" as a skill. HAH! I'm convinced that just because you can doesn't mean you should. Multitasking means doing too many things at once and not doing any of them very well. Do one thing at a time, then move on to the next. That's my ideal. And I have to say, it's actually much harder than juggling a lot at once.)
All that to say, with my focus on school for the girls this week especially as we pay extra attention to how to do this homeschool thing best, I'm going to let some other things slide.
My email inbox is delightfully full of messages and comments and while I'd love to use the any time the girls are working on their own to answer them, I just can't. When I'm typing or reading, my ears don't work. And the girls get so tired of me saying "Just a minute" when what I really mean is "I'm totally ignoring you so don't hold your breath."
It also means that I can't get up to work on a project or chore or two for myself in the middle of teaching them. Because sitting back down wouldn't happen very quickly.
From what I know so far (after only one day!), this curriculum we're using is really hands-on. It's not a "sit down with this workbook and let me know when you're done" kind of a thing. It's teaching and learning and talking and discovering TOGETHER. And that means I'm not answering the phone or doing anything else but school with the girls.
So here's my question to all you homeschool moms out there. Okay two questions, actually.
- How long is your homeschool day?
- When do you clean your house? During the day? Weekend?
That's what I want to know!