How to Eat an Elephant

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, of course. So goes the old adage as encouragement to those up their ears in too much to do. I have elephants cropping up in every area of my life, and the more I tiptoe around them in hopes that they will quietly leave, the fatter they become. Did you know they travel in herds? Odds are, if one elephant has made its way into your life, he has friends.

The key to dealing with these looming beasts is to pick up your fork, and pick a spot. Just start. As a homeschooling mother of three kids who also works weekends as a Registered Nurse, I understand what an overwhelming task it can be to maintain some illusion of order. I struggle with prioritizing all that goes into a life well-lived. Someone told me at the beginning of my homeschool career 12 years ago that she didn’t see how I would be able to juggle working and homeschooling.

“After all,” said the seasoned homeschool mom of five, “homeschooling is in itself a full-time job.”

She was absolutely right. However, it can be done. So can keeping your home reasonably clean and organized, enjoying time spent with your family, and having a hobby  that keeps you recharged and sane.  It’s all a matter of knowing how to have elephants for dinner!


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