And so moving can be a fairly stressful event, moving to a foreign country where people another language and a completely new culture - even more so. And how do we manage this event? How do we manage homeschooling amidst packing, sorting, saying goodbye and all the logistics that go with all of this?
We have few 'saving graces' that we have put into place to manage the last few months:
* We use the things we need to do as a learning opportunity - getting passports, visiting home affairs, writing letters thanking people who help us in our preparations, sorting, packing and selling. Each one of these things have been amazing tools of learning and they HELP me. Every time they are learning they are also helping.
* When we work -we work and we work hard - and when we don't work we don't feel guilty or try and force make up time - we need to get to China in one piece.
* We include our children in all discussions of how best to get things done and how to get ready. They often come up with intuitive ideas which work far better than ours.
* I try to make sure that we maintain our Read Alouds, Art and Bible - because it's easy just to go on maintenance mode and only do English, Maths and Mandarin - we need to maintain the joy and relationship time with our children.
* We do a little every day - there are mountains of things to be done but rather than be overwhelmed, we try to break it down into manageable bit size pieces:)
* We lower our expectations - things are not going to be as organised as they used to be, days are going to be stressful and there are going to be boxes all over the place - there's no place for perfection in this type of environment. We have had to just accept this season as part of the journey and not get distressed in the ordered disorder.