Hello Mamas, our special #CovidCompassionProject series continues to spread hope, positivity, and tons of tips and strategies to help you make the best of this time at home for yourself and with your family, no matter the current state circumstances globally.
Today's episode features Lindsay Leiviska, founder of A Heart For All Students, an organization with the mission to empower children who think and process the world differently by equipping the moms who raise them. Lindsay is a Christian wife, mom of three, and an educator with her Masters Degree in Teaching. She has been working with children for over 20+ years and homeschooling her own for more than 10.
In 2013, Lindsay and her husband adopted a newborn boy. The story of his adoption transition into their family radically transformed Lindsay as a mom and educator. Her mission is to change the parenting and educational narrative as it relates to neurodiverse children so that they can thrive as the people God has designed them to be.
In today's episode, Sabrina and Lindsay chat about all things motherhood, but especially homeschooling and navigating being a parent and teacher to your children in a way that feels good, that resonates for you and your children.
It's no secret that navigating working from home alongside parenting kiddos is a juggle in itself. Now add to that equation the pressure of homeschooling your children, especially if you haven't done it before. Add to that the need and necessity to cater to different learning styles and personalities of our little humans, it's no wonder many mamas feel overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed out, and much more. We want to enjoy this time with our children in the best way possible and we also want them to learn new things and still stay on track for growth and education (given the current situation). And for those of us who are working from home full-time (be it as employees or business owners), we want to balance it all relatively tantrum and guilt-free, especially if we are letting our kiddos get more screen time than normal.
Below are some ways you can move through this time with relative grace, ease, and peace of mind so that you can make this time count and enjoy it for the gift that it truly is (even if it doesn't always feel like it!):
Give yourself and your kiddos grace, Mama. You are human. You have been given these children for a reason. Nobody knows them better than themselves and you. Trust that you are enough to inspire them, love them, help them, and guide them. That even when you're not "learning," you are always learning and growing - the same goes for your kiddos. Build more memories with them instead of forcing things that don't always feel good. Allow yourself to surrender to the day and watch the magic unfold. Children are wise beyond measure, they can sense every emotion, so simply communicate with them as best as you can, and when all else fails, hug and hold them tight and get in those extra snuggles. Have a cuppa hot cocoa and watch a movie or get some movement and outside playtime (if possible), and breathe! We are all in this storm together. Let's love our children fiercely and freely. Let's help one another fiercely and support one another. No judgments, no shame, and absolutely no guilt! This too shall pass and in its passing, may you carve out a life that you have always resonated with, a life you desire, and a life that makes you feel inspired!
To connect more with Lindsay or to learn more about her programs and resources for homeschooling mamas, reach out to her at: