Don’t Try To Do It All

Did I mention that I’m a homeschooling mama? Yep, that’s right…it’s awesome, super fun, hectic, chaotic – what was I thinking?! – All of it – it’s great. It really is. Anyway, a few years back I stumbled upon THE BEST yard sale ever! It was chalked full of teacher supplies and school stuff. I left with arm loads of materials. It felt a little like Christmas to me that day…and for months afterwards too. I didn’t know it at the time but would soon find that this teacher had taken immaculate notes of every activity and left them inside each box/folder/binder – what worked, what didn’t, suggestions to do for next time. Have you seen or read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince? Where Harry finds an old text book with tons of notes and things to do. Amazingly he starts to excel in that class just by following those notes someone else had scribbled in the margins? That’s kind of how I was feeling. Each time I’d open a new folder, box, or book there was some handwritten goodness inside and I loved it. One afternoon while I was reaching for this binder a few binder pages fell out of more notes. I stopped to glance at the papers and I read one line that said: “You’re going to want to do everything. There’s always way more content that you can get through. Don’t try to do it all. Pick ONE concept and teach it REALLY, REALLY WELL. This is what the kids will remember.” -annonymous amazing-est teacher of the year Love that and very applicable in just about every area of our lives. I taught relief Society for years and it was one of the best callings ever. But when I first started I was floundering … Continue reading Don’t Try To Do It All