Sep 28, 2020
Yolonda Coles Jones (@yolonda_j) joins us for an important conversation about prioritizing mental health and wellbeing for ourselves and our families as we homeschool. How can we best support the mental health of our children in this difficult and uncertain time of pandemic? How do we take care of ourselves while we take care of our kids? Yolonda also shares her advice for non-white families on how to take good care amidst increased visibility of and exposure to racial terror and trauma. Breathe deep with us as we receive the gift of Yolonda's wisdom and insight.
Get the extended interview with Yolonda when you join us on Patreon. We get Yolonda's take on the Homeschool Unrefined signatures "What We Don't Do" and "Rock Your Strengths/Giving Ourselves Credit." Plus, she shares about her typical homeschool day and specific self-care practices.
-Surrender to the process: Don't hold yourself to unrealistic expectations.
-Teaching our children to help: "How can we move the home forward together?"
-Our kids may have more fear and anxiety than we have about the world right now because they have less context than we do.
-Use the autonomy and freedom you have in homeschool to honor your needs: Stop and breathe together. Take a day or a week off. Put on a movie for a snuggle or get takeout.
-"Your right now's best is good enough."
-"What do you need right now?"
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