Today was a really rough day. I was battling bad attitudes (and I'm not just talking about the kids) all morning. I finally called school off for the morning! It was very clear that no learning of any value was going to take place so we needed a different plan. School was postponed a few hours.
The morning was spent doing a few errands because Mommy would have gone crazy in the house trying to get things done with a bunch of disobedient children. Getting outside and driving around was a good "reset" for all of us.
Then when we got home chores needed to be done, followed by lunch. After lunch we finally gathered around and did our typical morning scripture memorization and prayer. Then from about 1pm to 5pm (with a short snack break in the middle) we did almost all our normal school work. The amazing thing was that it was actually a productive afternoon with teachable children. It was blessedly different than the aggravating morning.
It was sad to have to skip our typical afternoon park playdate (I only miss once in a blue moon!) But this was necessary today. Kids needed consequences for poor behavior and schoolwork still needed to get done. I'm thankful that we had that flexibility.