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Moms, Take Care of Yourselves, too!

Today you will find me over The Homeschool Post sharing about the very important topic of taking care of yourself so that you can better care for your family.

I was “introduced” to a wonderful homeschool mom of 25 years who teaches other moms about this very thing. Check her out and I pray that you are blessed by her knowledge.

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Monkey and Rex Sleeping

Teens and Sleep

I recently purchased Tell Your Time by Amy Andrews {a steal at $2.99 with code Spring12, btw}, and I have been going through and figuring out where I need to schedule my time in order to accomplish my goals.

One of the last steps is to grid in a rough idea of your schedule. Well, one of the first things to put on the grid is sleep – so that you don’t accidentally forget to schedule it! This is definitely an area where we need help.

Monkey and Rex Sleeping {Pre- the teen sleep crisis} Aren’t they sweet?

Lately, my monkey seems to be sleeping the day away. Now, granted – we are also going to bed later at night because of other commitments. So, my mommy guilt kicked in overtime, and I started researching exactly how much sleep teenagers are supposed to need. I seemed to remember reading that they needed more sleep, so I figured we were going to need to start going to bed earlier to get that extra shut-eye.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that according to several sites out there, teens’ circadian rhythm actually changes through puberty, and they turn into night owls – where they naturally go to bed later and sleep in later. {Well, they would sleep in later if they didn’t have to make it to school so early.} In fact, I only found one site that disagreed, but truthfully, I found their argument more along the lines of “since they’re able to function on less sleep, that must mean it’s ok.”

In fact, it’s becoming so widely recognized, that some public schools are actually changing the time that high schools begin in the morning to accommodate their new sleep patterns, but even with the change, they still may not be getting enough sleep. What a great opportunity we have in homeschooling! I can let their natural sleep patterns emerge.

But, first things first – I need to figure out how long their sleep needs are {the average ranges from 8.5 – 11 hrs!} in order to plan the rest of the day – not to mention, paying off the sleep debt that we’ve all built up. {Bet you didn’t know that you could catch up on sleep – not all at once, mind you, but you can catch up.}

So, for the next several weeks, we will all go to bed at the same time {not as each other, but the same actual time on the clock} each night. It will probably be around 11pm – midnight for the kids because that’s when they are naturally getting tired – and, then we’ll sleep until we have gotten enough sleep that night.

Apparently, if you do this for a couple of weeks, you can actually get caught up on your sleep as well as figure out how much sleep you actually need. Once we have that number, I’ll be better able to draft out a schedule to help keep us on track toward our goals instead of letting life just happen to us. {Seriously, get the book Tell Your Time – you won’t be disappointed!}

How long do your teens need to sleep to feel completely rested? Tell me about it in the comments!

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Disclaimer: if you do decide to purchase Tell Your Time, I am an affiliate and will make a small commission. Thank you for your support!

Juice

My One Day Fast

Have you ever just felt so toxic that you couldn’t imagine anything being able to make you feel better? I have been living on junk food and fast (junk) food for so long that I just couldn’t imagine that eating a salad every day would ever be able to counteract and clean the system to make me feel better. Not to mention that the addictions to the drive thru were still too strong to fight. I needed something extreme.

Enter the Fast.

Last week I decided to go to the extreme of fasting for the first time. I must admit that I’ve had an interest when the church does the Daniel Fast each January, but I’ve always talked myself out of it.

So, I decided that I needed to go extreme – 3 days at least – target of 5 days. I was convinced that extreme was the only way to go. Plus, anyone who knows me knows that anything worth doing is worth overdoing. I planned a juice fast because apparently a water fast in our toxic environment can be ultra-dangerous.

The decision was made before dinner so that’s when I started – no reason to put it off, right?

The next day, I occasionally felt hunger but it wasn’t anything too uncomfortable. Even though spiritual reasons were not involved when I made the decision, I found that through the day I felt closer to God and prayers were frequent.

That night, after 36 hrs of not eating, the hunger came on strong, and I felt light headed and sick, sick , SICK… I ate a banana to ease the situation and later HAD to eat some salad. I felt like a FAILURE.

How was ONE day going to make a difference? Did I suffer for nothing?

Unbelievably, no – even a one day fast made a HUGE difference. In The Maker’s Diet, Jordan recommends a partial day fast each week to allow your digestive system to rest.

All in all, I would say that it was beneficial, and I look forward to doing it again soon – although maybe I need to remember to drink more juice next time…

If you’re interested in fasting, I found that the Fasting Center had a lot of really good information. But, from everything that I’ve read, the Fasting Center may not be cautious enough…according to the Maker’s Diet, extended repeated fasts can mess with your metabolism permanently, so definitely research, research, research!

Have you ever fasted? What was your experience? Tell me about it in the comments.

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