Time passes by in a flash in Ramadan and we are days away from the last ten nights. I remember a time when Ramadan was about just being able to wake up and be alert enough to care for my three older children when they were all still preschoolers.
They are teenagers and a tween now and help me care for their two younger siblings, which makes for a mountain of difference.
Ramadan as a homeschooling mum is more than the lessons on Ramadan and crafting. Being home with the children almost all day can be draining on your spiritual and physical wellbeing. Ramadan this year, I have decided to make more time for my spiritual growth and beautification with whatever amal I can manage and the quran.
I am not bothered that the younger children are just running about the house half the day or that the older ones are actually napping after a late night at the masjid (or soccer practice for No. 2). Or that the house doesn't look anywhere close to having guests for Eid. This is my time for my spiritual upliftment for the next 11 months. I need it.
I do still do about 2 hours of school a day for 3 of my children (1 is in school now and No. 5 is just turning 3 this year). They still need some structure to their day.
It may feel that sometimes there is never enough time, but InsyaAllah, when you make time for Him, you have time for more. It's not too late. Ramadan is still with us.