Homeschooling – 5 Ways to Avoid Burnout

Homeschooling for the long run makes a homeschool mom consider the question: “What about me?” While homeschooling pros far outweigh the cons, it is important for a mom to consider how she will homeschool victoriously for approximately 14 years per child.

We all know that it is a delight to spend time with our children and that we are doing what we feel is right for them, by homeschooling, but a wise mom will make sure that she safeguards herself from homeschool burnout.

Many well intending people will say that it is a curriculum or the want of curriculum that causes burnout, and while this may be a contributing factor, it is not the only reason for a mom to feel stretched or close to collapse after a season of homeschooling.

Here are 5 ways to avoid homeschool burnout:

Tip #1 – PLAN

Things that need to be planned:

  1. Schooling disciplines
  2. Weekly Menus
  3. Extra classes and sports
  4. Housekeeping
  5. Time for herself – craft, hobby, exercise and time with her spouse

Tip #2 – FUN

We all know the old adage “All work and no play…” A homeschool mom needs to “go out and play” too. Doubling up on family sporting activities (for example, buying bikes for the whole family and visiting different places to ride) or taking the odd weekend away from home, are always good. This is not only for mom, but for the whole family. Weekly visits to safe botanical gardens for a picnic, or for a walk on the beach are also wonderful breathing spaces in an otherwise busy schedule.

Tip #3 – TIME OUT

No matter how old the children are in a homeschooling home, it is important that mom seeks to have timeout each day. When children are little, this time can be while they are napping or resting. As they get older the can be trained to quietly read for an hour or play with Legos in their room so mom can catch up on what needs to be done, to enjoy a cup of tea without interruption.

Tip #4 – READ

Reading a good homeschooling book each year is a highly recommended pursuit for a homeschooling mom. This book needs to be chosen carefully so as to stretch a mom in her thinking and inspire her as she goes about her homeschooling tasks.

Other reading should also be undertaken as it is important that not only homeschooling books that should be read. Novels are escapism and a mom should be careful about the time she spends on this type of reading. Christian biographies always inspire the best in us as we ponder the works of God in others lives.

Reading stretches out minds and feeds our thought life. A wise homeschooling mom cares for her own intellectual growth as well as that of her children.

Tip #5 – PRAY

Tip # 5 is the most important tip and should be part of any wise homeschooling mom’s day. Prayer lifts your eyes from the day to day grind of getting housework, schoolwork and errands done. It helps us to see our purpose as builders of a future generation. Prayer strengthens us in our task as mothers, educators and wives. Prayer lifts us up and helps us to see a future hope in difficult circumstances and yes, prayer is the thing that will help us prevent homeschool burnout as we will be reminded to “never grow weary in doing good.”

Wendy Young is the homeschooling mom to 4 children aged 7 – 14 years. They have always been at home. She has been married for 19 years. Wendy’s website, Homeschool-Curriculum-For-Life,   is dedicated to helping moms choose curriculum, get organized, and enjoy the homeschool journey by equipping them as their roles as wives, women, and moms.

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Wendy Young is a homeschooling mom to 4 children aged 14 - 7 years. They have always been at home with her. She has been married for 19 years. Her homeschooling website is dedicated to helping homeschooling moms get organized, enjoy the journey and live life to its fullest.

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