Confessions of a Burnt-out Homeschooler
We all look forward to the first day of school. Fresh, crisp books on the shelf just screaming “Open me!” We plan and plan and plan. We organize until we are blue in the face. Super pumped for our new year to be here. Then school starts and off we go on another homeschooling adventure.
Yay for homeschool!
This was me at the beginning of this year. So pumped… so ready… it was going to be the most awesome year ever!
Fast Forward 13 weeks:
I can’t even!
Homeschooling seems like more of a chore than anything, and those ugly words “public school” keep looming in my brain. Wouldn’t life be so much easier? Wouldn’t I have time for so much more? I could actually keep my house clean without my kids around 24/7. I could do so much with my spare time!
My brain is overloaded. I am slacking on our schoolwork, and all I can see are the chores around the house that I cannot seem to get to lately.
I have a toddler running around my house who needs to be potty trained, but I just can’t seem to make the time to do it.
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It’s not my curriculum. I love what we are using… and so do the kids…. it’s me. I need a break from it all. I need to rekindle my homeschool passion. To remember why I am homeschooling in the first place.
So, this my plan to cure my homeschool burnout:
Take a break.
It may be a week… it may be two… school will still be there when we come back. We are already ahead, so we won’t fall too far behind. I need time to recoup, get my house back in order, and just SHAKE IT OFF! I can use this time to take some field trips, spend some quality time with my children, and detox.
We can do this….I don’t want to forget why I am here….. Why I am homeschooling.
Why don’t I just continue homeschooling and push through this madness??
Because honestly…. it brings out the worst in all of us. My kids can sense if I am not into it. They can tell that I am not on my game, so they aren’t on theirs either. They slack in their work, and make it impossible to have a smooth day.
So, despite the fact that I really want to finish school when I had planned to next year, I can’t. I don’t want to turn what is supposed to be an awesome experience into something that we all despise.
If you are feeling the way I do…. facing homeschool burn-out…. with yourself or your children… I suggest you take a step back. Take time to reevaluate your homeschool, get recharged. Your work will be there when you get back.
Here are some fighter verses for homeschool burn-out:
Let me know in the comments how you deal with homeschool burnout.