This principle right in the middle is all about identifying points of tension and taking small steps to relieve the pressure before things go south. At our place a 4 Day School Week has become a house rule, and it’s made all the difference.
As much as it lies within us, we keep our school schedule for four days every week. Becky at Clean Mama says to “build in a day that accounts for life’s surprises, because you know they’re going to happen.” Our catch all day shifts to hold what we most need–a day of laundry or bulk cooking, a day at the library and park, a day to catch up at work. That means that I am never all that far behind. There is always a catch up day full of grace waiting for me.
The important thing to remember is that it’s not a day off. Thinking that I was getting a day off made me grumpy when my day was still full of work. But like Ma Ingalls said, a change is as good as a rest.
How do you build space for rest and renewal?
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