Have you lost the joy in homeschooling? Sunday night do you find yourself dreading the coming of a new week?
Are you experiencing some of the symptoms of homeschool burnout?
Are any of these things that cause homeschool burnout playing a part in your life right now?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it sounds like you are either in the trenches of homeschool burnout or very close to being there. It's time to take back your homeschool. Your children are worth it. It's time to face the issues and combat them once and for all.
7 easy ways to combat homeschool burnout right now:
- Stop homeschooling. I'm completely serious. Stop homeschooling. Not forever. Just take a break. The worst thing you can do when facing burnout is to just keep pushing on. That will only make both you and your children absolutely miserable. Give yourself permission to do what's best for your family and take a break.
- And along those same lines, quit worrying about others. This is your homeschool. These are your children. Do not worry yourself with what others are saying or doing. Yes, I know, Ms. Susy Homeschooler down the street has taught her three year old long division. So what?! That is your not child. That is not the life God has given you…and trust me, her life has it's fair share of issues. Want to instantly improve your homeschool? Stop comparing yourself and your children to others.
- Give yourself grace….and rest. God has given your children the exact mother they need…..you. You are an amazing mom. You are doing what you feel is best for your child. Homeschooling is not for the faint of heart. It is hard….and believe it or not, you are rocking it. Make sure you are taking care of you. You can't be your best for them if your tank is running on empty. Get some rest. Work in time for exercise. Make time for your interests.
- Find the dirty culprit….and eliminate it. Too busy? Cut out some obligations. Is your house a disaster? Take a few days and focus on getting it in order. Curriculum isn't working? Try something else. Unrealistic expectations? Let them go.
- Reevaluate. Remember why you began homeschooling. Remember the excitement and joy when you first began the school year? What has changed? Have there been life changes? A new baby? An illness? A death in the family? A new job? Recognize these things. Embrace them, and adjust accordingly. Homeschooling is meant to be flexible. Make it work for your family.
- Vent. Seriously, find another homeschooling mother and let it all out. Trust me, she will understand. She will give you her shoulder to cry on….and then she'll say those magic words that will make it all better… “me, too”. You aren't in this alone. Homeschooling moms have to stick together because we need each other. If you don't have a local homeschooling friend to talk to, I'm here for you. Email me at LifeofaHomeschoolMom@gmail.com and let it all out, mama. I'm positive you will end up encouraging me just as much as I will encourage you.
- Pray. God called you to this lifestyle. Get on those knees and cry out to Him right now. Tell Him how much it hurts. He promised that He would equip you. Hold Him to it. You are His child. There is nothing more that He want than for you to come to Him beaten down, bruised, and burnout…so that He can raise you up again.
Take sometime and focus on these seven things and I can guarantee you that your homeschool burnout will be a thing of the past and anytime it tries to creep back in, you'll know how to crush it before it begins.