Overcoming Homeschool Burnout – Part 1

On her Adventures in Homeschooling blog, Frazzled Mom brought up a subject that hits most homeschoolers I know, but we rarely seem to talk about – homeschool burnout. For some, like Frazzled Mom, it comes in January. For me, it’s every February. Now, I just know that every February I hit that wall. I don’t even know where it comes from, but it’s there, like clockwork.

Now I plan for it, I know it’s coming. And so, I tuck things aside, fun things, different things, something I’d like to try out, whatever, so that when I hit that homeschool burnout wall, I just embrace it as a time to try out something new.

In 2006, I finally did our first lapbooks – on the Winter Olympics… That ended up being so much fun, we lapbooked for the next year. Sometimes it works out like that, sometimes not.

This is also the time where I do more homeschool reading. More time reading what others are doing, other techniques. The other day, a friend was over and commented, “You just use so many different methods to teach…”  And it’s true. But in reality most of that learning about different methods comes from this time of listening, absorbing, and looking for something different to spice things up. 

But sometimes, also it’s just time for a break. One of the things I love about homeschooling is that I’m not bound by any artibutary schedule. If I need to take a day off school, then that’s what we do. But we still get our school work in, in other ways. 

I also remember that there is no other choice I’d make for my children’s education. I know why I’m homeschooling and every year that why list becomes longer. I know I don’t have to force myself to homeschool the same way every year or even for the whole year, nor do I have to homeschool exactly like anyone else. I now know that no matter what my kids are still learning and growing, and changing this up does not hurt them, and sometimes, they flourish more.

If you are hitting your burnout time, remember your “why”, know it’s okay to get burned out, that it happens to most of us,  and if you are comfortable doing so, take a break or just mix things up a little. Try out something new… give yourself a break.

For more tips on overcoming homeschool burnout, come on by tomorrow for part 2.  Another work-at-home, homeschooling mom (of 5) has agreed to let me share her list of 26 tips for overcoming homeschool burnout with you. Good stuff… see you tomorrow.

…Shannon

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