Writing with Children
Updated: Apr 1, 2022
I love being a mom. I have two wonderful kids who are always keeping me on my toes. We have recently switched over from traditional schooling to homeschooling. Now there are some major advantages to having my kids home with me but having an easier time writing is not onw of them.
(Pictured below is us with the painting of an extinct form of llama)
I used to spend my mornings after dropping my oldest off at school writing. My youngest would be off doing her own thing or honestly watching Daniel Tiger for the millionth time. I can still sing those songs by heart.
Now not only are both kids home but they are actively learning. My mornings once spent writing are now spent teaching. I am bombarded with lessons on learning to read and the basics of multiplication. I'm telling y'all I do not know how I made it through school when I was their age.
Afternoons and evenings are filled with dance class, scouts, and so many play dates. I don't remember my days ever being this full. I even struggle to find time to practice self care such as going to the gym. So what is the solution? How in the world in this busyness am I supposed to find time to write?
I have trained myself to become a morning person. That was the only solution I could come up with. Before everything changed I would sleep in until the kids woke me. Or I would set an alarm for the last possible minute trying to bask in the warmth of my bed as long as I could.
This was fine when I had the whole day to do with what I wanted but not for my new schedule. I started going to bed earlier and earlier until I go to bed at 9pm at the latest, seriously. My alarm is set for 4:30am and this girl needs close to 8 hours.
My kids don't normally wake up until 6am so I get about 2 1/2 hours to get a short workout in and write some. Now I still try to get some writing done while the kids are doing school. It is just nice to have some uninterrupted thoughts. Nothing is worse than being in an important thought while writing and being pulled away for a math question. Personally I try to avoid math at all costs.
So why am I telling you all this? This goes beyond writing truthfully. If you want to do something whether it be writing, working out, reading, meditating, what ever it may be, do it. Make it a priority and find the time. You make have to stay up later if that is an option for you. You may be joining me in the early morning club. If it is important to you you will find a way to fit it into your life. Keep Writing!