The other day I was talking with a homeschooling friend and the first thing she said to me was, “I’m feeling so burnt out, I can hardly teach my children.” As a homeschool mom of two, I immediately told her that I could sympathize with her. The burnout blues impacts almost every homeschooling parent. And the funny thing is, we as parents and teachers usually bring it upon ourselves. Not on purpose. We just try so hard and want so much for our children that we often push ourselves, and sometimes our children, too hard. After our little chat, and my pep talk to her, I seriously considered how I could help other parents who are in a similar situation. I sought the advice of Time4Learning families and they had some great advice, which I’ve captured below.
Five practical tips for preventing homeschool burnout:Here is what fellow homeschoolers did to prevent homeschool burnout.
- Allow your children to plan the day: Hand the reigns over to your children and let them pick out what the day’s activities will be.
- Announce an impromptu holiday: Sleep in and then spend the day lounging and doing fun activities. Don’t even think about or discuss school studies.
- Take a field trip: Go to the park, a museum, zoo, or other location away from the classroom setting.
- Plan something unexpected: Maybe you can go horseback riding, fishing, watch cartoons all day or simply bake a cake. Anything goes!
- Relax your schedule: Don’t be so worried about adhering to your schedule. It’s okay to mix things up, so your daily routine doesn’t become monotonous.
Three additional tips to manage homeschool burnout:
- Buck Your Own Homeschool System
- Don’t Try to Keep up With the Joneses
- Check Your Homeschool Superhero Complex