The job of homeschool mom is one of the most difficult jobs on earth! Homeschool moms perform selfless and noble work in educating their children every single day. We don’t educate our kids five days a week or 180 days per year. Instead, homeschool moms are always on the clock educating their kids, from how to save money at the grocery store to how to find the volume of a pyramid to how to write a letter to a friend or relative. It’s no wonder so many homeschool moms can suffer from homeschool burnout.
As a homeschool mom of many years, I can tell you that homeschool burnout is real. However, you don’t have to give up homeschooling your kids just because you need a break. You also don’t have to feel guilty about any negative feelings you may have when you feel homeschool burnout. Homeschool burnout is completely natural. So what are some real life ways you can combat homeschool burnout?
Here are five simple ways you can easily combat homeschool burnout.
- Shake things up a bit and change your routine. If you have a super busy schedule, then slow things down. No, you don’t have to go to every park day or be at every co-op field trip. Plan ahead to give yourself a slower period. If you find yourself at home a lot, then do the opposite and try to get out more with field trips, park days, and play dates. It’s amazing what the advent of friends and vitamin D can do for the soul!
- Make sure you get enough time to yourself everyday. Find a place that you can call your own (even if you do have to get out of the house for an hour or two each day). Be sure to include exercise into that time. A simple 20 minute walk can be so beneficial to your body, mind, and soul.
- Use an alternative type of schooling. Kids get bored of doing the same kind of school work all the time. Find some educational videos or kid friendly online resources that relate to what they are learning. Allow them to spend a week watching and exploring, while you get some needed rest. I recently wrote a couple articles on where you can find several virtual field trips.
- Stop all school. Everybody needs a break. If you’re in need of a breather, then the kids are probably in need of one too. Take a break for a week, or until you can clear your mind. Get outside into the fresh air do some fun family activities. Then, when you are ready, you can resume your homeschooling.
- School 4 days instead of 5. Many families work hard to get all of their school work done in four days, so they can have a “three day weekend”. Even though a five day schedule works better for our family, you may find that schooling for four days each week and having that fifth day off to relax helps combat homeschool burnout.
Okay, homeschool mamas, there are the five easy, real life ways you can combat the homeschool burnout you face. Don’t let homeschool burnout, burn you out!
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