“Mom! It’s raining in the laundry room!!”
At first, I thought they were playing a game, but the panic in their eyes told me otherwise.
I realized I’d been hearing what I thought was the shower for a while, but it turns out it wasn’t the shower.
It really was raining in the laundry room.
In our upstairs bathroom, we have an old clawfoot tub with a beautiful faucet. As you can see, it’s removable so you can use it while you’re in the tub.
Well, apparently my two year old went upstairs, turned the water on, set the faucet on the floor and came back downstairs.
We had two inches of water in the bathroom and our entire laundry room below was flooded. Clothes and the washer and dryer were soaked. Light fixtures were ruined by water coming through the ceiling. . . it was terrible.
It took some time, but we got it all cleaned up.
The following day my husband was taking some cabinets out of the same room. When removing the cabinet, he accidentally broke a water pipe.
The laundry room was flooded again and because we had just removed the Pergo floor (revealing the beautiful original wood floor from the early 1800s when the house was built) the basement caught most of the water from the broken pipe.
Thankfully, we already had a dehumidifier in the basement.
A disaster in the home is never pleasant. A busted pipe could leave certain rooms out of action for days, or even weeks.
But, when you homeschool your kids, disasters like these take an even more sinister turn. Aside from being inconvenient, these setbacks can do damage to your progress. At the very least, they’ll shake up your lesson plan, and that can be daunting, to say the least.
Having experienced this ridiculousness, here are a few things I learned . . .
Plan for the worst
When we’re homeschooling, planning becomes second nature to most of us. We plan everything, from lessons to timeframes. And, that planning ability can help with home disasters. In many ways, the best way to get through this issue is to accept that it can happen and prepare before it does. It could mean keeping emergency numbers handy. You may want the number of a plumber or electrician, for instance. It’s also worth keeping details for companies like Trilink Restoration, who can help you get your home up and running again as soon as possible. Keep these numbers in a safe place, and you won’t have to think twice if the worst does happen.
Keep things calm
We’re all prone to panicking when things go wrong in our homes. Our adrenaline kicks in, and we can’t help but run around like crazy people. However, if you start panicking, you can bet your kids are going to get excited. Instead, stay calm.
Treat this day like any other (but perhaps throw your hands in the air and yell, “Plot twist!”) and try not to let your children see your stress. Remember, stress feeds stress.
Turn the disaster into a lesson
If there’s one thing us homeschool moms are good at, it’s finding lessons everywhere, and your home disaster is no different. If the power cuts out, for instance, you could use the chance to explain the workings of electricity. Whatever the disaster, you can bet there’s a lesson to be learned somewhere.