How to Look After Yourself as a Homeschooling/Unschooling Mum; No 4


Enjoy What You Have.

Sometimes, having one or both parents at home means that your finances can run extremely low, I am particularly feeling this today! Resources can totally deplete and this can be stressful. Make use of what you have, this sounds simple but it is true I think that the less I have in life the more I make use of what I do have. You don’t have to spend a fortune to feel good, so even if it means buying something small to pepper up your day or your mood, a nice soap, a candle, a really good book, excuse the shameless plug there! Or not buying anything at all but appreciating what is around you.

Enjoy what you have with the knowledge that the time you have with your children you can never get back again and money comes and goes. I often think there will be a time when I will be able to fully 100% focus on my work life in a way that I can’t now, so I accept that in some ways this has been a trade off. We have not had much money but we have had a lot of great time with our children so on the days when everything has been a stretch I know it has all been worth it, as we can never get that time back.

Here is a quick reminder of how quickly childhood passes.  Dutch artist Frans Hofmeester has taken pictures of his daughter Lotte from birth till the age of fourteen see here in this beautiful clip.

After all, what we to take to the grave are our memories and experiences, not our accumulated stuff.


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

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  1. Naomi Buck says:

    I couldn’t have read this at a better time in my life. I’ve seriously been struggling with finances. Well — struggling with a lot of things, finances being one of them. The one that I think was the final straw. Why am I doing this? Why must it be so difficult? I’ve been having difficulty articulating for myself and for others why we’ve chosen this path.

    I think I’m going to treat myself to something small — to “pepper” up my day 🙂 I love it!

  2. I hope that you treated yourself to something lovely!!