How to Look After Yourself as a homeschooling/unschooling Mum. No 1


This is a post I am writing in seven parts, so my aim is to do one a day for a week, as a reminder to myself as well as to other homeschooling/unschooling Mums who are out there doing their best to raise their kids at home. It isn’t always easy, so here is day one!! This is for me as much as it is for all of you!

These are short snippets, so feel free to share them on.


DAY ONE; Give Yourself a Break

Don’t expect to get it all right and be perfect, there is no such thing as getting it right. Give yourself a break. Give up the feeling that things should be going a certain way and that you should have it all under control. When I started out homeschooling the kids, I had a plan, I had an aim, I knew what I wanted for them, I had my targets. They did not go along with my plan. Over the years I have learned to drop my agenda and to listen to them. That is where the learning magic lies in the quiet curiosity that ignites in the moments when you let go of being in control.

Perfect doesn’t exist. Be very nice to yourself.


Here is a link to our new book ‘Jump, Fall, Fly’ from schooling, to homeschooling to unschooling.



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About the Author

Lehla is an illustrator and an author of books, she has written for The Guardian. She trained as an actress at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She wrote The South African Illustrated Cookbook, The Lovely Book for Wonderful Women and she illustrated a kid's book by M.J. Amani called 'Excuse Me, I'm Trying to Read' and also 'I am Me, You, Us and We' by Caroline Trowbridge. Above all she is a mother to three fast growing kids, she juggles her time between them and working on new books and projects. She has recently co authored with Anthony 'Jump', Fall, Fly - from schooling, to homeschooling, to unschooling' Her art work can be seen at